Living Maintenance - Annual "No Halloween Candy" Pledge




ICUwishing
09-19-2012, 10:13 AM
It's that time of year again, and the stuff has hit the grocery shelves with sparkly orange and black wrappers. Value-sized bags! Great prices! ;)

I'm not going there. I don't even WANT to go there! Unless somebody molds a little pumpkin out of 90% dark chocolate, I ain't eating it.

Will you be ignoring it, resisting 100%, or making room for a few scary treats?


freelancemomma
09-19-2012, 11:01 AM
I plan to resist it this year, as I've done for the past several years. I pledge not to steal any of my kids' halloween candy. It's not TOO difficult for me, because the stuff isn't the high-quality gourmet junk I prefer.

As an aside, I'm also hoping my kids will FINALLY stop going out for halloween this year. They're 16 and almost 15, but these days kids seem to keep going out much longer than when I was growing up. My stepson's girlfriend still goes out at 24!

F.

bargoo
09-19-2012, 11:14 AM
I will be ignoring it !


Mudpie
09-19-2012, 11:14 AM
For me the harbinger of doom :p is the big box of little chocolate bars. I should not hand those out for Halloween as I know that I will tear into the first box if I buy them in advance (and I tend to do everything well in advance).

I think I will compromise as that seems to work best for me. I will buy one bag of 12 choc bars and know that I will consume them all in one feeding frenzy and feel like c*ap. Better than eating 30 :o (my record bar binge) :o of the big box of 98 or however many there are nowadays.

And I will hand out bags of chips and rockets and tootsie pops candy, which I really don't like any more.

Dagmar :dizzy:

BillBlueEyes
09-19-2012, 11:23 AM
I'm in. And that includes the new obscene Candy Corn Oreos, which I haven't nor intend to try.

I gave Kit Kats one year because I find them despicable. Mini bars of dark chocolate would never make it out the door. I continue to look for a non-food handout that fits my neat/cost niche.

traveling michele
09-19-2012, 11:27 AM
I will join the pledge. I haven't indulged in several years but if I don't make the pledge, I might feel like I have permission to indulge. Don't even want to go there.

Megan1982
09-19-2012, 11:35 AM
I'm not going to say no to all Halloween candy, because I always say that and then cave, but I'm going to try like the dickens to avoid it. I won't buy any for my house, I won't take any from the candy jars of my co-workers, which I try to avoid anyway, and that should take care of the majority that might come my way. If I'm tempted I will remind myself/allow myself to have a bit of the higher quality dark chocolate I keep in small amounts at home. It doesn't come in an orange wrapper. I have already been doing the dance around the center aisles of CVS.

No trick or treaters come to my street. Though I miss the fun of seeing costumes, I'm not even tempted to buy candy to give out, which is great for my waistline. Bill, my old roommate used to buy a package of mini play-do to hand out. Maybe walk down the toy aisle of the $ General to look for non-candy handout ideas?

midwife
09-19-2012, 04:27 PM
I'm in! I've already had some, but I can take the pledge from here on out.

krampus
09-19-2012, 04:37 PM
My block isn't safe enough for trick or treaters, I'm upstairs, and the downstairs neighbor (as some may remember) is HATED by everyone on the block anyway.

I cannot pledge to eat none, but I am sure not going to buy any big bags of it for myself.

westcoast rosa
09-19-2012, 06:15 PM
We live in an apartment and don't get trick or treaters, so I will commit to not buy any bags of candy for personal consumption this year. My daughter is going to trick or treat this year (she is only 4 so will only do 1 or 2 streets), so I will probably have 1-2 pieces of hers.

Abstinence isn't realistic for me, but moderation certainly is.

Mudpie
09-19-2012, 06:15 PM
I'm in. And that includes the new obscene Candy Corn Oreos, which I haven't nor intend to try.

I gave Kit Kats one year because I find them despicable. Mini bars of dark chocolate would never make it out the door. I continue to look for a non-food handout that fits my neat/cost niche.

Depending on the economic status of your trick or treaters' parents some small toy items from the dollar store might do the trick. The kids in my neighbourhood would probably like stuff like that but the kids from the wealthy parents I work for probably would not. The other hard thing is age - if your tricksters are mostly younger kids this idea would work a whole lot better.

One year, when DH and I lived in a really economically depressed neighbourhood DH bought a bunch of cheap masks from the dollar store and gave one to each those kids who didn't have money for a costume but were out hoping to get some candy. I gave them quite a bit of candy and told them to come back around 8 p.m. for more when we were closing up. Probably not much $$ for candy in their homes.

Dagmar :dizzy:

westcoast rosa
09-19-2012, 06:17 PM
I continue to look for a non-food handout that fits my neat/cost niche.

Playdoh and bubbles are great things to hand out.

Beck
09-19-2012, 06:24 PM
I'm in, and I'm also not going to be tempted to get the after-Halloween clearance candy for my kids- they don't need it, and I certainly don't either. I think I'll get non-kosher candy to hand out to the neighborhood kids this year (we keep kosher), so we won't dip into it before Halloween or have left-overs tempting anyone.

Tai
09-19-2012, 10:34 PM
I'm in; going for both ignoring and resisting. And that goes double for the Pepperidge Farm pumpkin cheesecake cookies I saw on display next to the Halloween candy.

JohnKY
09-19-2012, 10:53 PM
No candy in the house except for some dark chocolate that we wouldn't part with.

Too far out in the boonies for any trick or treaters here. We always talk about putting a pumpkin out by the road to see if anyone will come up the drive.

saef
09-20-2012, 11:04 AM
My apartment complex doesn't allow trick-or-treaters, so I will not be exposed to them at all.

I may even be able to avoid drugstores for a few weeks.

What tempts me the most is the after-holiday period. It's the half-off sales, just like someone said above. They speak to my hard-bargaining, frugal side. Also, my coworkers bring in their leftover candy to get it out of their houses and it's hard when it's lying in the break room next to the coffee machine. Better than half-off, it's free -- and you can take as much as you want, if no one's watching -- traditionally, a scenario that can lead to food disasters for me: All you can eat, free, unwitnessed. The triple whammy.

I will promise myself some small, non-food treat after the holiday if I continue my several-years-long habit of abstention at Halloween.

freelancemomma
09-20-2012, 11:55 AM
What tempts me the most is the after-holiday period. It's the half-off sales, just like someone said above.

Yeah, there's something about "getting a deal" that makes some of us (raising hand) lose our grip on common sense. I often attend meetings for my work, where they generally serve very good food. (The meetings are organized by pharma companies, who want to make nice with the bigwig academic physicians who attend.) I often find myself eyeing the untouched desserts and snacks (after everyone has finished eating) and thinking about how I could take some home wrapped up in napkins. I sometimes actually do it. Just because they're there and they're free. How dumb is that?

F.

bargoo
09-20-2012, 12:02 PM
freelancemomma, free is good ! I wouldn't be able to turn down free deserts, either. I have to not look and get out of there or some will be going home with me. After Halloween when I go to the store I dare not even walk by those bags of Snickers or Milky Ways that are ridiculously cheap, just can't resist a bargain. I know from experience that I can't "just eat one".I know where I am weak and if it contains sugar and chocolate I have no will power.

JossFit
09-20-2012, 02:24 PM
I'm in.

I don't usually have an issue with it anyway, but this year (since going all-natural with my diet) its not even a viable option for me. Unless I happen to see all-natural peanut butter-filled chocolate pumpkins somewhere, it shouldn't be an issue for me.

Cara1029
09-20-2012, 02:32 PM
I just started a weight loss plan comparable to ideal protein this past Sun and as of this morning.. I am 12 lbs down! And... the first blog I read is the pledge not to eat Halloween candy... Yay... count me in!

bargoo
09-20-2012, 04:29 PM
Welcome and good luck, Cara....good start on the no candy pledge.

losermom
09-22-2012, 10:21 AM
Abstinence isn't realistic for me, but moderation certainly is.

Agreed Rosa and this could apply to so many other areas for me as well.

Yeah, there's something about "getting a deal" that makes some of us (raising hand) lose our grip on common sense. I often attend meetings for my work, where they generally serve very good food. (The meetings are organized by pharma companies, who want to make nice with the bigwig academic physicians who attend.) I often find myself eyeing the untouched desserts and snacks (after everyone has finished eating) and thinking about how I could take some home wrapped up in napkins. I sometimes actually do it. Just because they're there and they're free. How dumb is that?

F.

freelancemomma, free is good ! I wouldn't be able to turn down free deserts, either. I have to not look and get out of there or some will be going home with me. After Halloween when I go to the store I dare not even walk by those bags of Snickers or Milky Ways that are ridiculously cheap, just can't resist a bargain. I know from experience that I can't "just eat one".I know where I am weak and if it contains sugar and chocolate I have no will power.

Being the frugal mom that I am I've had trouble with this too! I try really hard to not buy any and remind myself that I'm not a garbage can for all of the leftover candy. My plan this year is to remember that we've not had as many trick-or-treaters in recent years as we used to have. Most of the kids in our neighborhood are now teenagers with a sprinkling of younger tots. I usually buy my candy (something I don't like--like Reese's) early, on sale of course, and hide it. It comes out just as the kiddos start coming. DS17 and DH usually eat all the leftovers.

HungryHungryHippo
09-22-2012, 11:13 PM
I'm going to celebrate with some sugar-free hard candy (9 calories each). I let myself have 2 pieces a day on the weekends, so it's a treat, but I can keep it in moderation.

Mudpie
09-23-2012, 06:49 AM
I'm going to celebrate with some sugar-free hard candy (9 calories each). I let myself have 2 pieces a day on the weekends, so it's a treat, but I can keep it in moderation.

Good for you! I don't have the capability for moderation - I do test myself every so often - YET!

Dagmar :dizzy:

Megan1982
09-23-2012, 06:42 PM
I found this blog post a few weeks ago, and it seems to apply to this conversation, and in so many other places. I have been trying to remember it when there's free food at the office.
http://summertomato.com/10-reasons-to-never-eat-free-food/

Mudpie
09-24-2012, 06:37 AM
I found this blog post a few weeks ago, and it seems to apply to this conversation, and in so many other places. I have been trying to remember it when there's free food at the office.
http://summertomato.com/10-reasons-to-never-eat-free-food/

Good blog! Spot on about the "free" food.

Dagmar

ICUwishing
10-05-2012, 02:27 PM
I confess to a small indiscretion - 2 small York peppermint patties. There was an open bag in the freezer ... I failed to resist. Worth it? Eh, I could take it or leave it, and next time, I'll leave it. I had it built up in my head that they were delightful. Reality did not live up to the fantasy. Experiment concluded. :)

curvynotlumpy
10-05-2012, 07:17 PM
Prior to this thread being published I made this pledge with a couple of colleagues. Count me in!

I'm not a big candy eater, but if it's there I will mindlessly eat it. And I, too, succumb to the allure of 1/2 off bags of candy and assorted treats. Last year I bought candy only to have NO trick-or-treaters show up. I live in an out of the way condo complex so some families might not think about coming out this far. I work on a university campus so ready takers for the left-overs wasn't a problem. However, after this experience, no reason to have it in the house at all.

Like others, I will practice abstinence and avoidance.

k8yk
10-11-2012, 02:03 PM
I really find store candy gross now. So fakey-chemical tasting to me. Now some really good 86% dark chocolate... that's another story. But I walk by the candy bowl every day with no issue. I'd rather have fruit. So No Halloween Candy it is- though frankly eating Halloween candy sounds like a punishment at this point.

BillBlueEyes
11-01-2012, 06:09 AM
Reporting back: Taking the pledge here worked!!! I had no candy last night even though the dark chocolate Milky Way bars were calling all evening. None. Nada. Zip.

Now I just have to get rid of the large bag of leftovers since we had only about a dozen trick or treaters.

Mudpie
11-01-2012, 06:34 AM
Reporting back: Taking the pledge here worked!!! I had no candy last night even though the dark chocolate Milky Way bars were calling all evening. None. Nada. Zip.

Now I just have to get rid of the large bag of leftovers since we had only about a dozen trick or treaters.

Good for you Bill! We had 8 kids come by and then two sets of them came by again :lol:. I took one handful of chocolate bars for myself and left one for DH. The rest are going to the food bank. They are individually wrapped so that should be OK.

Dagmar :badbat:

sontaikle
11-01-2012, 07:02 AM
I didn't formally take the pledge, but no candy here! :D

It was difficult because we had NO TRICK OR TREATERS when we usually have so many. Thanks, Sandy :( So lots of leftovers, haha.

Although, like k8yk I find it pretty gross now. I'd rather have the high-quality stuff...

2Dy2MrwAlwys
11-01-2012, 08:15 AM
I didn't see this thread until just now, but I guess I had a personal "No Candy" pledge of my own! We had exactly TWO trick-or-treaters and there's still a large bag of m&m's left over, but I'm either stashing it in a high out of reach cupboard or donating it. I also ended up coming home with a full size candy bar when I went to the bank today. One of the employee's was handing out '100 Grand' to every customer, haha! :lol: I wrote a note that says, "this is not the treat" with today's date on it and taped it to the back of the candy bar. I took a full body pic holding it, and I plan to take a progress picture exactly a year from now to see how far I've come and what treat I truly picked!

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z407/KmberleyMorgan/WL/TrickORTreat.jpg?t=1351768223

bargoo
11-01-2012, 09:31 AM
Didn't have one bite of candy, didn't actually buy any although on Tuesday went to Walmart and accidently walked through acres of candy. Bill. I noticed those dark chocolate Milky Ways bars, too, but kept on walking

sontaikle
11-01-2012, 10:42 AM
My family wants this bag of candy out of the house. We all want to take a "no candy" pledge it seems.

We'll keep it over the weekend just in case some kids decide to trick or treat, but Monday it'll be coming with me to work because I know several of my coworkers will appreciate any free food...and they're all quite thin! Go figure! I think it's because they never eat anything unless someone brings extra food they have lying around.

neurodoc
11-03-2012, 11:17 PM
I haven't eaten a single one; not even a miniature or a fun-size. Worst part for me is that with 3 children, the candy they come home with is actually way more than the candy I buy to give out (we get relatively few trick-or-treaters). And, like every month of every year I have been losing or maintaining, it is my will-power alone that prevents me from stealing from their respective stashes as I dole it out to them 2-3 candies/night for most of the coming year.

I'm sure it builds my character :>)