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Halloween Can Be a Scary Time!


Halloween can be a scary time- not because of ghosts or monsters but because of all the high-calorie, fat-loaded, yummy candy! Halloween candy is some of the worst stuff that you can eat. It is high in saturated fat and the calories can really add up. Because Halloween candy comes in “fun size” or mini bags, people tend not to worry about the calories as much. It’s true that each small piece may not break your calorie bank but when you eat more than one (and who sticks to just one?), the calories add up quickly! Normally we don’t have bags and bags of candy sitting in their kitchens. But on Halloween we are sure to have lots of it on hand. It’s so tempting to sample the candy, but the reality is we don’t want to be eating all those extra calories!

Some strategies can help keep these treats out of our hands (and mouths!). Wait to buy your candy until the day before, or even on the day of Halloween. Why tempt yourself longer than you actually need to? I know that if candy is in my house, I am a lot more likely to eat it! Another strategy? Don’t buy your favorite candy! What’s worse than having candy in your house? Having your favorite candy in the house! Buy stuff you don’t love so you aren’t as tempted to eat the candy while handing it out. It will also make it easier to give away once Halloween is over. Chewing sugarless gum or drinking low-calorie hot chocolate is a great way to your sweet tooth without indulging in unwanted calories. It also keeps your hands and mouth busy and away from the candy treats. If you don’t like hot chocolate, sip a cup of herbal tea instead.

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If you decide that you are going to sample from the candy jar, remember that planning ahead is the key. Certain candies are considered some of the worst choices. For example, 3 Twix miniatures have 150 calories and 8 grams fat. Try 3 Tootsie Rolls instead for 70 calories and 1.5 grams fat. One single serving “fun size” Butterfingers has 100 calories and 4 grams fat. Try a Three Musketeer “fun size” instead for 63 calories and 2 grams of fat. One of the worst candies you can eat is Airheads. 3 pieces have 140 calories and 1.5 grams of fat. They also have trans fat which is the worst kind of fat to eat. Try 3 Dum Dum pops instead for 77 calories and 0 grams fat.

A good tip at the end of the night is to set the bowl of candy on your front porch. Chances are the bowl will be emptied by the morning. If you leave it in your house, it’s too easy to grab a handful everyday on your way out or in. These little handfuls can really add up! Snacking on 300 extra candy calories a day will add a pound of fat to your frame in less than 2 weeks. Also, remember that Halloween is a one day event. If you going to allow yourself a little sugar splurge, limit it to October 31st. Don’t make it a week-long holiday. Eating junk food doesn’t just satisfy cravings-it creates them. You might just find it “frightfully” difficult to break the candy habit long after Halloween ends!

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Cascia Talbert

Cascia Talbert is a devout Catholic, mother of five children, health and fitness enthusiast and positive parenting supporter. She is also the founder of the award winning online health, fitness, parenting and Christian faith magazine for moms, the Healthy Moms Magazine. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, five children and one spoiled cat. Her hobbies include gardening, country music, running, and playing her flute. Check out her first book, "Taking Care of your Family's Health and Well-being, Saints to Turn to and the Catholic Faith," available anywhere books are sold.

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10 Comments

  1. Heather October 28, 2010

    I've long been a believer of buying candy on my way home from work the day of trick or treating. And my step-mom taught me to buy candy that I hate, that way I'm not tempted to dig into it.

  2. Help! Mama Remote... October 29, 2010

    I've been doig it all wrong. I never thought to buy candy I don't like. What a great tip!

  3. Cascia October 29, 2010

    Great tips, Joanna! This year we hid the Halloween candy up high. I can not even reach it so it isn't as tempting. I think next year I will think about getting tootsie rolls and 3 Musketeers.

  4. daphne October 30, 2010

    very good tips! you give me an amazing idea lol I'll do it swear!

  5. Jennifer is Always Sick November 2, 2010

    It's not so much the calories as it's all the sugar. Sugar and I do not get along at all.

    I think the scariest thing was having to check all the candy before giving it to the kids, not just for those strange signs of tampering, but the ingredients to make sure there weren't any allergens in there. YIKES!

  6. alissa November 2, 2015

    I let my kids only pick 2 snack sized candy bars a day. I hand out Pirate’s Booty to the little kids, and candy to the older ones. You are right they get way too much though.

  7. Cascia Talbert November 3, 2015

    My kids love Pirate’s Booty. They got way too much candy this year, like always. Thanks for stopping by, Alissa. Have a great afternoon.

  8. Quirky Homemaker October 21, 2016

    Great ideas! Luckily, we don’t have kids who come trick or treating around here, so there’s no need to buy candy. BUT, when the kids and I GO trick or treating, the kids usually make out! I mean, we have candy forever. I personally love tootsie rolls and would make that swap for sure. Thanks for the tips and have a great weekend!

  9. Cascia Talbert October 24, 2016

    I love tootsie rolls too! Thanks for stopping by Quirky Homemaker. Have a great week!