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Repost: How to Survive Halloween Candy Season

Repost: How to Survive Halloween Candy Season

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Jill

    How can you not like twizzlers!!!!!! I used to bite the ends off and use it as a straw for my coke! Homemade cherry coke! 🙂

    1. Lisa Eirene

      You are too funny! Nah, I never liked them. There’s actually a lot of candies I dislike (which helps when it’s Candy Season!).

  2. Jane Cartelli

    If it is dangerous for me to have it in my hands then I do not have it in the house. If I cannot give it away with joy I shut the outside light and the front room lights and no one comes to the door – no need to have candy ready to give away.

    One year there was a storm and we had bags and bags of leftovers. I threw it all out. Who was I saving it for? I do not donate junk food to the local food bank because I volunteer there and the donated and government issued food it trash enough without adding trick or treat candy to it.


    1. Lisa Eirene

      Agreed! If it’s dangerous, don’t have it in the house! I agree. I wanted to make some Halloween cupcakes this weekend and then I realized that I’d have them in my house. Temptation is NOT what I need right now.

  3. Lori

    We buy stuff that won’t be so bad if it is in the house, like goldfish or mini pretzel bags. Or raisinettes. We were surprised at how many kids chose the pretzels or goldfish when give a choice of that or the chocolate covered raisins. They were happy to see them, too. I found that quite interesting.

    Those are things I can have in the house and not be too tempted with for leftovers.

    I would never give away Reese’s anything because I would mow through those like nobody’s business!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I’ll have to look for those. That’s a great idea!

      For me it’s Butterfingers. CANNOT have those!!!!!!!

  4. Maria (RealFitMama)

    This one is actually easy for me… I just DON’T buy candy. Jason and I take both girls out trick or treating so there’s no need. When we get home the girls each get to have a couple pieces and then the rest goes in a big bowl and stashed away in the pantry. It gets rationed off two pieces at a time (per day) till it’s gone.


    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s a great system! It doesn’t work for us since we don’t have kids but yea, I like that. Just avoid it!

      I often take any leftover candy into work (but my coworkers have the same idea so there’s often lots).

  5. Ashley

    Ahhh I love candy corn, too! You hit one of the big sticking points for losing/maintaing weight: Just don’t bring it into the house, and it’s not there to eat. The end! That’s always been something I’ve adhered to, and luckily enough my husband has, too.

    I’ve actually purchased two bags of candy corn this year; the first lasted a week, and the current one has lasted longer. I probably SHOULDN’T bring it into the house, but part of me wants to be able to have that stuff in the house and not binge on it (well, I don’t binge per se, but a nibble here and a nibble there and poof! It’s gone). Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn’t. Those flavored sourdough pretzel nibs definitely can’t come into the house …

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I’m glad your hubby is supportive and doesn’t bring it into the house. Michael is usually pretty good about that. It helps to have support.

      Evil candy corns!!!!! I’m sure you will eventually get to the point where you can have treats in the house and not eat them all. I never thought I’d get to that point but it’s gotten a lot easier.

  6. Allison M.

    I bought mini bags of popcorn to pass out to kids. It’s a healthier option and if we don’t give it all away, it won’t be a huge temptation. I passed out mini bags of pretzels last year with the same idea.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I haven’t even looked at alternatives yet. I’ve been avoiding those aisles at the store!

  7. Samantha

    What a wonderful post Lisa! Thank you so much for this! Thanfully here in France we don’t have halloween candy hanging around like back home but I know my Mom and Aunts are anxious and I will pass this great advice on to them!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      What do they do in France for Halloween?

  8. Karen@WaistingTime

    Great tips. In the past I used many of them, especially not buying candy I like and buying it at the last minute. With leftovers, my trick was to put them in my son’s car trunk so he could have it but it was away for much of the day; if I wanted any, it was an effort to get any:) This year, teen is gone, no door bell ringing last year, so we aren’t buying any candy.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Good job. Out of sight, out of mind!

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