Halloween - Tricks or Treats?

Sharon Rekieta, Fitness and Wellness Director - 28th October 2013

In just a few days, we’ll be celebrating Halloween—one of the biggest candy holidays of the year.  Are you wondering if it is possible to indulge a little bit without doing a lot of damage?  Absolutely!  Just follow these simple hints.

Purchase bags of fun-size or mini candy bars or 100-calorie snack packs of cookies or chips.  If the portion size is already decided for you, it’s easier to maintain control of how many calories you are consuming. 

Purchase treats that take time to chew or eat such as sugarless gum, lollipops or hard candies.  With their longer-lasting flavor, lower calorie count and extended taste-bud pleasure, only a few of these treats will be necessary to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Whatever you choose, don’t overbuy and be generous when handing out the candy to the trick-or-treaters so there won’t be a lot of temptation in the house afterwards.

If you still need more specific guidelines, below is a list of good choices:

Mini chocolate candy bar:
Three Musketeers  24 calories and less than 1 gram of fat

Full-size chocolate candy bar:
York Peppermint Pattie 140 calories and 2.5 grams of fat

Classic chocolate:
Three Hershey’s Kisses 67 calories and 4 grams of fat

Chewy and fruity:
Twizzler Twist  25 calories and less than 1 gram of fat

Hard candy:
Red Hots (one ounce box) 100 calories and no fat

Salty and crispy:
Pretzels (1/2 ounce bag) 50 calories and no fat

Halloween classics:
One Marshmallow Peep 16 calories and no fat

10 pieces of Candy Corn 64 calories and no fat

Finally, seize opportunities to “work off” the treats:

If you’re at a party, spend time moving, dancing and mingling away from the food table.

If you’re attending a festival, follow your kids around—you might be amazed at the ground you cover!

If you have children who go trick-or-treating, accompany them on their rounds.

If you don’t have children, walk around your neighborhood Halloween evening anyway to enjoy the costumes and decorations.