5 Tips to Resist Halloween Candy

Do you spend November 1st with a stomach ache and an overwhelming feeling of gluttony from all of the leftover Halloween candy you devoured after turning off your porch light? We promise, you’re not alone. This year, try not to overindulge on Halloween candy. It’s easier than it sounds and both your digestive system and waistline will thank you! Read on for tips to resist eating Halloween candy this year.


1. Wait Until Halloween Day to Buy:

If the sweets and treats aren’t in the house, you won’t find yourself hiding candy wrappers. If you know you will be tempted by Halloween candy for the weeks and days leading up, wait until the very last minute to purchase it. Maybe you’ll even get lucky and they will be out of your favorite candy, which brings us to tip #2.

2. Buy Halloween Candy You’re Not Crazy About:

The simplest way to avoid binge eating leftover Halloween candy is to buy candy you don’t like. If you’re a chocoholic, buy sour or fruit flavored candy instead. If you don’t like caramel, purchase only chocolates with caramel. Just be sure to keep your trick or treaters in mind. Don’t buy those little orange and black wrapped candies, no one likes those.

3. Don’t Over Do It:

Did you purchase 6 bags of Halloween candy last year to realize you only needed 3? Buy less candy to begin with based on last year. If you don’t remember how much you purchased a year ago, ask neighbors how much they typically buy. When you realize that trick or treating is starting to slow down, turn into the favorite neighbor and load the next group of kids up. Giving out whatever leftover candy you have means it won’t be staring you in the face later. You bought the candy to hand out, be generous!

4. Buy Healthier Alternatives:

Find tons of candy alternatives on SHOP.COM from our partner stores that specialize in bulk food items such as Boxed and Jet.  Instead of candy, hand out fun-sized packs of pretzels, granola bars, apple chips, or other slightly less sinful treats.

5. Skip the Halloween Candy Altogether:

No, we’re not saying you should turn your porch light off. With so many food allergies in kids, many people are putting teal pumpkins out to signal they have allergy safe treats. Most teal pumpkin participating houses opt for non-food items such as small toys, glow sticks, pencils, etc. Join the latest initiative which will not only help a child that suffers severe food allergies, but it will also help you to avoid the temptation of leftover Halloween candy.


Do you have any tips to add? Share with us in the comments below. 

Ashley Purnell

Ashley Purnell

Director of Corporate Social Media

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