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10 Tricks to Avoid the Halloween Treats

How to Enjoy the Holiday without Overindulging in Sweets


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  • 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! - 10/25/2009 12:57:18 PM
  • Never celebrate Halloween because I don't like it, Christmas I have to watch out for. - 10/25/2009 12:13:15 PM
    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. - 10/25/2009 11:48:06 AM
  • 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. - 10/25/2009 9:49:25 AM
  • 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! - 10/25/2009 8:21:37 AM
  • 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. - 10/25/2009 1:23:39 AM
  • 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! - 10/17/2009 10:46:40 AM
  • I buy candy that my husband likes and he finishes it before I have a chance to even get tempted. - 10/16/2009 8:48:21 PM
  • 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. - 10/8/2009 11:54:13 AM
    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. - 10/7/2009 11:19:25 PM
  • 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... - 10/7/2009 10:11:06 AM
  • My strategy to avoid Halloween candy temptation- DON'T BUY IT! - 10/7/2009 1:08:59 AM
  • 1960ANN
    Thanks for all the great tips, we were going to give non food this year but the idea of buying the things I don't like made great sense. We don't get much in the way of tricker treaters (the kids in my area are all grown but I still like to keep something around just in case. And your right it should be kept as just another day. Thanks again, with advice like this, this holiday season will go much easier.
    - 10/7/2009 12:46:10 AM
  • Most of the ideas were good. #8 didn't seem like such a good idea, though. As a kid, I never ate the candy while out trick or treating. Why would I start eating while I walk now? Ideally, just about all eating should be done while sitting at a dining table. We make too many of our everyday activities into eating events. - 10/6/2009 11:05:32 PM
  • Thanks for the tips. I really enjoy taking my kids trick or treating, but always come home and eat all the candy MYSELF! This year, I plan on enjoying the walk,but not the candy. Do you realize that one miniature bar is about 200 calories? it adds up quick. Not this year! - 10/6/2009 7:13:50 PM

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