How to Survive Halloween Candy Season

It’s that time again.

“Fun Sized” candies are everywhere. In the grocery store, in your house, at the office…So what happens when sugar and candy is your trigger food?

This has always been a hard time of year for me. I love candy. I love chocolate specifically. And Halloween, Christmas…those are all holidays that revolve around bagged candy!

So what do you do to resist the temptations? Here are my tips:

1. Out of sight, out of mind. Don’t keep the bowl of candy within reach or eyesight. If it’s packed away in the pantry and not noticeable, maybe you’ll forget about it.

2. Buy bags of candy that you don’t like. I actually do dislike a lot of candy. Milky Ways, Twizzlers, Baby Ruth, Whoppers, chewy caramels…Yuck. On the other hand, I CANNOT have mini Butterfingers, 5th Avenue bars, Candy Corns, or Snickers in the house. Those are my favorites.

3. Skip the candy. You could be that house that passes out boxes of raisins or tooth brushes…but be prepared to have your house toilet-papered.  Or fire-bombed. 🙂

4. Buy less. Instead of buying a bunch of Costco sized candy bags, buy one bag and when the candy is gone go to bed. Sorry kiddos, this candy store isn’t open all night.

5. Wait until the last minute to buy. Having a big bag of candy in the house for several weeks is just asking for trouble.

6. Put some candy in a bowl on the porch and then go for a walk. You get some exercise, resist eating candy, and get to see the cute kiddos trick-or-treating.

7. Freeze the leftover candy. I used to put the remaining candy bars in the freezer and take one or two out at a time. Once they defrosted, some time had passed and I wasn’t going to gorge myself.

8. Eat a big, healthy dinner before it’s time to pass out candy. Eat a lot of vegetables and food with fiber in it to fill you up.

Finally, don’t beat yourself up if you do indulge. Chances are the fun sized candy you ate was about 100 calories a pop so if you had a few it’s not the end of the world.

QUESTION: What tip or trick do you use to avoid overeating on Halloween?

Author: 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

9 thoughts on “How to Survive Halloween Candy Season”

  1. OH no – #7 wouldn’t work for me – I <3 frozen candybars.

    I wonder if we work out at the same gym. Our gym is under major construction, too.
    We're doing P90X at home until construction is over. What a pain.

  2. One year I gave out crayons, and last year I gave out ginger chews. It’s so mortifying to my husband that he usually runs out at the last minute and buys chocolate. This year I think we’re going with buying last minute and making him take the leftovers to work.

    OMG – how can you not love Baby Ruths???

  3. Well, I do have my weakness for candy corn, which I buy for myself during the season.

    For the kiddies, we get mini bags of pretzels or mini boxes of raisins so I don’t feel bad if those are left over.

    Last year, we had mini goldfish bags and raisenettes and they were a big hit with the kids. Who knew?

  4. i froze my extra candy last year. most if it is STILL in the freezer, because i hate frozen candy! it works!
    (i’m debating if i should bust it out for this years trick or treaters or not. i feel like it might be weird by now)

  5. One year when I was a kid a house gave out serving-size chocolate milks! Chocloaty and yummy and gave us calcium!

    The owner of that house? A dentist. I don’t think anyone TP’d it…because it was actually a pretty good idea and not too unhealthy!

  6. Since i moved out of my house in connecticut, I’ve never had any trick or treaters! I love the idea of handing out something healthy-ish like pretzels or yogurt covered raisins or something that wouldn’t be tragic to have in the house.

    Another idea is to bring any leftovers to work and have your coworkers deal with it. 😉

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