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Halloween Diet Tips

Have a Healthy(ish) Halloween

I love Halloween, but it can be hard to stick to a healthy diet when there are chocolate bars, caramel apples, and candy corn everywhere. Here are a few tips I'll be following to not go overboard during the festivities.

  • Buy candy at the last minute. There's no temptation to dig into the candy if there isn't any in the house. Stores are open on Halloween, so buy what you need that day.
  • Don't buy too much. When I was little my dad bought enough candy for the kids in my neighborhood and the next county — the extra lasted for months. Try to judge how much candy you'll need for trick-or-treaters so you won't have any leftovers.
  • Buy candy you don't like. If you buy candy that you can't stand there won't be any temptation to eat it.
  • Donate the leftovers. Donate extra candy to a charity. If you have children, decide ahead of time how much of their own stash they can keep and how much they'll donate. If you can't find a charitable organization that will accept the candy, bring it into work for your co-workers.
  • Give out healthy treats. Skip candy altogether. Instead give out fun, healthy treats like pretzels, glow-stick bracelets, and stickers. No candy equals no temptation.
  • Host a party. Host your own event or organize a block party with your neighbors. That way you can be accountable for what kind of treats you'll serve. There's lots of Hallowen-themed treats you can serve that are healthy but still seem indulgent.

Add your Halloween survival tips in the comments section below.


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LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
Why not just leave your light turned off-- hand out pretzels!? UCK. My parents are big on health and so last year they bought some candy from whole foods and handed that out, at least the candy doesn't have added preservatives and extra crap like HFCS in it. It's one day! Also, WHO makes their kids donate their candy they spent the night collecting? That is just horrible, imo.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
i make bags that have a mini choc candy (like snickers) and sweet candy (like skittles) and a halloween pencil and eraser). I love making the bags up and kids really like them too. Last year I had extras so I took them to the women and children shelter and the people there were really excited to hand out the bags. I'm thinking of making them some just beacuse :-)
VicVicVictooriaa VicVicVictooriaa 8 years
When I was growing up there was a house that gave out pennies...not only was it annoying, it made your bag heavier and who wants pennies? Give me a dollar if you're gonna do that. Mounds, almond joy, tootsie rolls...blech, don't give that out. Good old fashioned nestle's crunch or reese's cups are the clear halloween winners...or hersheys and such...mmm
cg130 cg130 8 years
I'm a student, so we don't hand out candy...but my housemates definitely want to buy some discounted candy. I'm thinking of making myself a caramel apple (fav thing of LIFE) and then I won't crave the cheap junky chocolate.
zeze zeze 8 years
How about giving out something good and good for you, like dark chocolate, or the trail mix with M&Ms in it, or Welch's fruit snacks - while they are not nearly as good as fruit, they are made with less sugar and tend to have some nutrients. My favorite thing is these chocolate bars my mom buys for my little sisters, they look like a kitkat, but inside instead of the wafer there is a milky filling, apparently they do contain a good amount of milk and calcium.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
Well, I got the little bags of pretzels and Goldfish to hand out this year. I'm not allowed to eat candy anymore, my husband has no sweet tooth, and neither of us have coworkers to unload the leftovers on, so I had to get something that would eventually be eaten.
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 8 years
Why not just hand out one piece of candy instead of 4 or 5? Or just let the kids handle themselves...I always indulged for Halloween, and I turned out just fine
katyharper katyharper 8 years
When I was little, this lady down the street from me gave out full-size candy bars instead of the "fun size." And she was VERY popular. I imagine that if you don't have many trick or treaters (and you can afford it), buy a pack of full sizers - you'll be way popular, and it's not as tempting to open a full size candy bar like it is to open the fun size. And you will never have to worry about egg on your house or toilet paper in your trees!
2muchtv 2muchtv 8 years
*sigh* I'm having my teeth pulled that day, so no candy/food/temptation for me =( Pixie sticks are great, adults hate 'em, kids love 'em. I dunno if the same applies to tootsie rolls. Don't give away mounds or almond joy, we got groans when we tried that one year. If you have extra candies, put them on the very top shelf of the cabinet, so you have to work to get to them. Around 9 in my area is when the trick or treaters stop coming, so you can always pull the GRAND DUMP and unload all your candy on the last kid, prior to turning off your light. Me, I go to candy sales and load up until after easter candy. I'm the candy lady: I always have candy to give away. I can't stand chocolate, but I always get good deals on them, and I like spreading the smiles =)
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I have to work on Halloween, so I'm not even buying candy for Trick or Treaters this year. Last year, we only got a few kids, but it's supposed to be really cold this year and I doubt many kids are going to be out. When I do buy Halloween candy to give out, I always get candy I hate and that my husband loves. That way, HE eats all the leftovers and I'm not tempted at all.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Skip candy altogether.... and wait for the neighborhood kids to egg your house.
darc5204 darc5204 8 years
Pretzels are one thing, but definitely don't be the house with the holiday pencils. If you're so strongly against treats, keep your porch light off. And please, don't take your kid's candy for coworkers.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
I usually buy candy on November 1st because it's all discounted so steeply!!!! And honestly? If you're having trick or treaters come to your door, DON'T be That Neighbor with pretzel sticks. Its total crap. I'm going to a Halloween party and I know there will be sweets, so I'm planning on bringing a pack of gum for myself. Sweet in my mouth but not actually a ton of caolries.
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