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10 Tricks to Avoid the Halloween Treats

How to Enjoy the Holiday without Overindulging in Sweets


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    It's been years since we have given out candy on Halloween. Usually we give out party favor type toys, or pencils, and the last few years, and the number of trick-or-treaters has dwindled, we've gone to giving out kid size Clif Bars. Never once has any kid, young or old, been unhappy with that they got. If fact, for several years, kids came back asking if we had any more "sticky eyeballs" - one of the toys we gave out.
  • Thanks for this! Today I bought a big bag of stuff that wouldn't tempt me in a million years. :-)
  • I decided this year not to buy any Halloween candy- especially chocolate. My husband decided to get some lollipops in. SInce I have zero interest in lollipops, that works for me. When I started tracking my food on Spark, one of the first shocks I had was that the mini candy bars are 45 calories each! My boss at work always gets candy around the holidays and sets out baskets for our students. I used to munch on a few here or there, but finding out how many calories each one had and how quckly those calories added up has cured my desire.

    I never did trick or treating as a kid, but my husband was one of those kids that mapped out the best route to get the most candy in the least amount of time, so we have to compromise on Halloween each year!!!! We'll do some trick or treating, but the oldest kids will be the main consumers of the treats. The little ones will happily trade out most of their goodies for another treat- like a new book! Last year all my three year old wanted to keep was a lollipop!
  • I buy individually wrapped dried plums to give out on Halloween. My kids love dried plums; I had to make a rule for them to eat only one per day!
  • Don't have an issue with Halloween candy. It kind of grosses me out to see it in bulk actually.

    But autumn just SCREAMS (get it? lol) comfort food for me. So October through the Holidays are a scary time for me.

    Pumpkin is a fav....trying to work it into more savory dishes to cut back on the sugar and carbs!
  • Never celebrate Halloween because I don't like it, Christmas I have to watch out for.
    I buy the mini boxes of raisins. What doesn't get handed out goes in my freezer. Then I take a box along when I eat breakfast out and I add them to my oatmeal. This way I'm giving out healthy treats and any leftovers are not a danger to me and my family.
  • Right now my bag of candy is on my dining room chair UNOPENED, until the first door bell rings on Halloween. If any candy is left I bring it to my daughter and she takes it to work for her co workers to finish off. This way it's out of the house and not a temptation.
  • As soon as my outside lights go on on Halloween. the bags of candy go right down to the freezer - hidden in back- until next year!
  • Another option is to give out non-candy treats. We always got lots of little finger puppets and other cheap toys in our trick-or-treat bags. Also, there was a Mary Kay rep who would give out make-up samples. I thought that was kinda creative.
  • we're the boring house that doesn't give out candy :) I don't like adding to the troubles people have with food and our growing obesity epidemic, so for the past 10 years I've given out little toys, little stickers, pencils, etc. The kids seem to like it!
  • I buy candy that my husband likes and he finishes it before I have a chance to even get tempted.
  • As long as it's not in the house, I'm not tempted. Since there aren't many children in my neighborhood, I don't have trick or treaters and the neighborhood church has a carnival so I buy candy and give it to the church to use at the carnival. That way, I'm not tempted and I can contribute.
    A timely and informative article. Put this together with the article I read yesterday regarding non-food treats (stickers, etc) - I think I'll have a handle on this All Hallow's.
  • I think I'm one of the lucky ones - I don't like candy very much, so Halloween just isn't a temptation for me anymore. No, it's next month that my temptations start - pumpkin pie...

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