By Gretchen Powell
The true Halloween experience has many parts. There’s the decorations, the costumes, the parties, and the pranks. If I had to pick one specific component to represent the holiday, though, it’d certainly be easy enough for me: candy. Along with the endless showings of “Hocus Pocus” on ABC Family, Halloween also brings scores of fun-size candy bars, pumpkin-shaped Reese’s cups, and even special Halloween-themed Oreos. It is candy Heaven … or Hell, depending on how you look at it.
It can be hard to resist the siren call of a bag of miniature Snickers come the Witching Hour, which is why I have devised a few tried and true tricks to avoid what used to be an inevitable sugar crush on Oct. 31.
First off, I wait until the last possible moment to purchase candy for the kiddos. After all, not having the candy in the house is the first step to, you know, not eating it. And while yes, you may be risking having slim-pickings when you’re picking up packages of candy on Halloween Day, what’s the worst evil? I can guarantee that the trick-or-treaters coming to your door won’t remember that your house is the one that loaded them up with Jolly Ranchers and Butterfingers (my two least favorite candies, in case you couldn’t tell). But personal experiences does tell me that letting bags of Kit Kats sit tauntingly in your pantry days ahead of time rarely leads to good things.
The second step to avoiding eating your weight in Laffy Taffy is to take full advantage of these blessed weekday Halloweens. After all, Halloween on a Thursday means that tomorrow, you’re headed for the office! And you can bring all that leftover candy with you and leave it for your coworkers to munch on as well. Sure, it doesn’t eliminate the presence of candy completely, but it definitely helps lessen the load for yourself.
As for my final tip, I’ll just say this: I’m never one to preach candy abstinence. It’s an integral part of the Halloween experience, after all! But all I suggest is that you choose wisely. Only go for the candy types that really make you go ga-ga. If you’re a chocolate person, go crazy for the Hershey’s minis, and leave the boxes of Nerds alone. If you’re more of a gummy gal, pilfer all those Twizzlers from the bag and give away the rest. I certainly think that the Halloween spirits can respect you not wanting to waste your taste buds – or calories – on anything less than the best.
Gretchen Powell is a fitness and healthy living blogger in Falls Church. She is not a registered dietitian, nutritionist, or medical doctor, and a medical professional should be consulted before undertaking dramatic diet changes. For more, visit honeyishrunkthegretchen.com.