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Some Hints and Facts for Halloween

Greetings!  Halloween is just around the corner. Whether you are dressing up some little ones for trick-or-treating or just answering the doorbell, here are a few hints and facts to reduce your holiday calories.

The easiest way to avoid unnecessary calories is to leave the bags of candy at the store! If you insist upon handing out edible treats, buy them on the day of Halloween and give them ALL away (whatever sits around or is left over will be eaten eventually, you and I both know it).

If you have unrelenting cravings, it is often better to allow yourself an occasional small treat than to avoid them all.  Use the opportunity to count calories, and set aside 50 to 100 for something small at the end of the day.  Stay strong!

Here are some calorie and fat contents of common candies to contrast:

Full-sized candy bars calories (kcal) fat (grams)
York Peppermint Patty 140 2.5
Snickers 280 14
Bite-sized candies calories (kcal) fat (grams)
Three Musketeers 24 <1
Butterfinger 45 2
10 pieces of… calories (kcal) fat (grams)
Lemonheads 50 0
Candy corn 64 0
Gummy bears 100 0
Whoppers 100 4
Starburst 204 4
Hershey’s kiss 260 14
Caramels 400 11
Mini Reece’s cups 400 25
Better choice (lasts longer) calories (kcal) fat (grams)
Tootsie caramel apple pop 60 0.5


You can, however, make it even simpler.  To best avoid these calories, here are some suggestions to stock for trick-or-treaters:

  • Glow sticks and bracelets
  • Bubbles
  • Mini magnifying glasses
  • Decoder rings
  • Super balls
  • Mini deck of cards
  • Playdough
  • Pencil toppers
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Stickers
  • Origami paper and instructions
  • Any of the different Halloween novelty toys around

Remember…If you are trick-or-treating or not, it’s a great time to get out and walk!

Happy Halloween!