Weight Loss Support - How do you plan to "handle" Halloween?




luckymommy
10-04-2012, 11:55 PM
I have set a goal for myself: not to binge this entire month. :carrot:

I know that Halloween will be a challenging day so I"ve told my kids that they each need to give me 3 chocolate candies so I can have 6 (fun size) candies. I'm not sure if I"ll be able to stop but I feel that I need to have some sort of a plan or else I'll end up completely losing it.

Do you have a plan? :D


angelskeep
10-05-2012, 12:06 AM
I'm lucky. No kiddos here, the grands are 500 miles away, and there are no small children in my neighborhood to buy candy for. The most difficult thing for me is the stupid snack cake thingies that are all fancy schmancy for halloween and all over the stinkin' place at Walmart...even by the meat counter and the produce section. I am sure I can't buy a package of halloween goodies and think I will only eat one, so I will be buying nothing.

I have recently started having either 1/2 or even a whole one of the regular size Hershey's Dark Chocolate candy bars. I count calories so I have to work it into my plan. Oddly, the dark chocolate seems a lot more satisfying to me than the milk chocolate kind; rather I can stop at 1/2 or a whole one without wanting ALL the candy bars on the planet, which *might* happen if I even sniffed at a Reese's pumpkin!

STEP AWAY FROM THE CANDY. LOL!

Barb

mimsyborogoves
10-05-2012, 12:50 AM
It's Pumpkin Delight season for Little Debbie. -_- Those things are my freakin' favorite. I might just have one.

As for candy, good lord I have no plan yet. I want to go with my niece to trick or treat, so I'll probably just steal a little bit of hers and be on my way with it. I don't think it'll be that big of an issue.


dstalksalot
10-05-2012, 01:04 AM
I have not really thought about it. I am going to try and get the kids to trade their candy for one new toy. We will see if that works. For me I am planning on buying a small box of gourmet See's candy to avert my gaze a bit but still have a treat that I enjoy. One piece a day maybe for a few days.

Atarimae
10-05-2012, 01:07 AM
I haven't thought that far in terms of candy and goodness, no clue what I'm even doing that night, since my evening class is canceled!

Let's just hope for the best. *crosses fingers*

westcoast rosa
10-05-2012, 01:33 AM
We live in an apartment and don't get trick or treaters, yet every year I have bought at least a 70 count box and proceeded to eat the ENTIRE thing!! This year my primary plan is to not buy any candy. My daughter is only 4, so she only does 1-2 blocks and I don't go into her stash. If I have one or two then no big deal, but I will NOT binge.

Beach Patrol
10-05-2012, 10:12 AM
We don't have kids, so we don't have the "whoopsie, I tripped & fell into my kid's halloween candy stash" problems. (thank goddess!!)

& - for the past 3 years, we have not bought candy for the ToT'ers. Closed all the blinds & turned off all lights in the house. Not bringing it into the house is key factor for me (& my husband.)

ERHR
10-05-2012, 10:22 AM
It literally just occurred to me with your post that we might get trick-or-treaters this year! We moved from an apartment to a townhouse last month!

Oh man, now I'm conflicted. I don't eat candy nor do I think anyone else should. All that sugar! Maybe I will be the weirdo giving out pencils. Or nuts. People like nuts, right?

geoblewis
10-05-2012, 10:22 AM
I plan to not participate at all! Rude children in my neighborhood come around for treats every year, so I don't feel the need to reward that behavior. My kids and I will stay home and go about business as usual.

I don't really know why this "holiday" is a "tradition" we need to hang on to at all. It's just turned into a mass-marketing thing that isn't good for anyone but the candy companies. And I just won't support them any more.

mimsyborogoves
10-05-2012, 10:39 AM
I plan to not participate at all! Rude children in my neighborhood come around for treats every year, so I don't feel the need to reward that behavior. My kids and I will stay home and go about business as usual.

I don't really know why this "holiday" is a "tradition" we need to hang on to at all. It's just turned into a mass-marketing thing that isn't good for anyone but the candy companies. And I just won't support them any more.

I understand the mass-marketing thing, but it is a fun holiday even without all the candy. Costume parties, haunted houses, hay-rides, fun games, scary movies... it's just a day for extra fun. People (especially kids) get enjoyment out of dressing up and going out to have a good time. I remember as a kid, my church would put on a Fall/Halloween festival and they'd have a costume contest, games, and a walk through the "haunted forest" that I used to help put together. It was always a blast and my brother and I (and all the other kids) ate it up, and it really was the perfect alternative for parents who didn't like the idea of trick-or-treating but still wanted something fun to do for the kids.

I love Holidays. They make things more exciting. :carrot:

stimkovs
10-05-2012, 10:56 AM
plan for halloween? out of sight, out of mind.

need to buy a costume, and then refrain from candy in order to fit into the costume, it's obviously an awesome plan! ha ha.

SerenityDiva
10-05-2012, 11:05 AM
Fortunately I'm good about NOT eating candy 99% of the time when it's in the house, but my husband is NOT to the tune of him eating ALL I purchase ahead of time. So because we do give out candy I buy it the night before so he can't get to it. As far as the kids they are allowed 2 pieces a day, sometimes 4 (depends on the size) and whatever is left by end of November I throw out. I used to donate it to the school for parties, but they are not allowed candy there and my husband sometimes takes it to the workplace for people, but generally what's left is candy no one likes so meh.

Otherwise, I don't prep for it.

LucyOlivia
10-05-2012, 11:25 AM
Go out for the night? With some local weight loss buddies? Then you will not have to have candy in your house to give to trick or treaters and maybe you can do something distracting with your friends to stop you eating lots. Fortunately I live in a remote part of the English countryside so trick or treaters cannot reach us!

westcoast rosa
10-05-2012, 12:17 PM
It literally just occurred to me with your post that we might get trick-or-treaters this year! We moved from an apartment to a townhouse last month!

Oh man, now I'm conflicted. I don't eat candy nor do I think anyone else should. All that sugar! Maybe I will be the weirdo giving out pencils. Or nuts. People like nuts, right?

Bubbles, playdoh or bouncy balls are always a huge hit with the kids (and deter the teens;) ). I would avoid nuts due to allergies.

shishkeberry
10-05-2012, 12:31 PM
When I was a kid there was a lady in my neighborhood that gave out juice boxes. It's been fifteen years and her house still stands out to me because no one else had ever given out drinks.
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I plan to only eat a few pieces from DS' stash.

novangel
10-05-2012, 12:40 PM
I never eat candy so no issues with Halloween. My favorite holiday!

I plan to not participate at all! Rude children in my neighborhood come around for treats every year, so I don't feel the need to reward that behavior. My kids and I will stay home and go about business as usual.

I find this incredibly sad but to each their own.

98DaysOfSummer
10-05-2012, 12:54 PM
We do Trunk or Treat with my daughter's school (last year I made up about 200 treat bags and was out in 20 minutes so this year I'm going to have to step up my game) and then a week later, Trick or Treat. So I have to do the candy thing TWICE. We always have a party at our house for Halloween so there's also that to negotiate.

As for the candy, I make treat bags instead of having it loose. It's harder to eat if you have to bust into a little bag to get to it. Once they're bagged up, it's no problem to ignore them. My daughter's candy is also mentally off limits for me. She is pretty good about eating some on the night and having a piece in her lunch and one after school for the next week or so, then we throw out he unwanted leftovers.

The party is the bigger issue because I want to serve good food AND I WANT TO EAT IT. I'm just going to try to lighten things up where I can and save all my weekly points. I don't ever binge or eat a lot when people are around, I don't want to be the fat girl eating in public. But then everyone goes home and my daughter goes to bed and I'm cleaning up all the dips and and finger foods and party food is my FAVORITE thing ever. I'm going to make sure I have go boxes to send home with everyone. I can't promise to be sane or reasonable if left alone with cream cheese pumpkin dip.

valalltogether
10-05-2012, 01:22 PM
I usually just buy a candy that I have no desire to really eat (smarties, bubble gum, etc). For me, Halloween will have to be more about controlling my indulgence. We will probably grab dinner at some point while we're out and about in the city. I would prefer it not to be Papaya Dog, but we'll see.

patchworkpenguin
10-05-2012, 01:26 PM
I plan to as usual, pretend it doesn't exsist. I buy candy the day of but I make Hubby give it out.

Last year some kids literally got into a fight with each other on our porch while Hubby was handiing out candy, they knocked over stuff but didn't break anything but that kinda sucked the joy out of it for him. He didn't answer the door for the rest of the night.

So I won't be surprised if he doesn't want to hand it out this year.

98DaysOfSummer
10-05-2012, 01:28 PM
I plan to not participate at all! Rude children in my neighborhood come around for treats every year, so I don't feel the need to reward that behavior. My kids and I will stay home and go about business as usual.

I don't really know why this "holiday" is a "tradition" we need to hang on to at all. It's just turned into a mass-marketing thing that isn't good for anyone but the candy companies. And I just won't support them any more.

I guess we've been lucky. Halloween was a huge family and friends party when I was a child - my grandparents always had a bonfire and did hot dogs. We did trick or treat and then came back to my grandparents and hung out with family and family friends. It was SOOOOO fun. My mom continued this after my grandparents couldn't really do it anymore. Now I do it. We've moved three times since my daughter was born and all three times, it was right before Halloween so it was a great way to meet our neighbors. We've always been lucky enough to live in friendly neighborhoods where people hang out in their driveways and visit. I just love it. I love seeing my daughter bond with her cousins the way I did with mine. I hope they always have that strong connection and the shared memories.

Skellig19
10-05-2012, 05:05 PM
I understand the mass-marketing thing, but it is a fun holiday even without all the candy. Costume parties, haunted houses, hay-rides, fun games, scary movies... it's just a day for extra fun. People (especially kids) get enjoyment out of dressing up and going out to have a good time. I remember as a kid, my church would put on a Fall/Halloween festival and they'd have a costume contest, games, and a walk through the "haunted forest" that I used to help put together. It was always a blast and my brother and I (and all the other kids) ate it up, and it really was the perfect alternative for parents who didn't like the idea of trick-or-treating but still wanted something fun to do for the kids.

My church did the same thing! I LOVED it. For me it was better than trick or treating most of my school friends did. I don't like strangers or being "rude" by begging for snacks but I loved dressing up and playing games. On the other hand, when I stopped attending the Harvest Party (as my church called it), my mom and I made a tradition of hiding from trick-or-treaters. It sounds awful but we loved it and we couldn't really afford all the candy. We turned off every light in the house, ate some homemade treats, and only had the glow of the tv or a pumpkin to light the house. We competed to see who could be the most quiet when the inevitable kid w/ dim-witted parent would knock on the door (seriously, all the lights are out! Why send your kid to the door!?) It was a lot of fun and I have awesome memories from those days.

Now I live in basement suite, I kind of miss hiding from trick-or-treaters!

I think I might make some low-fat sugar free baked treats to munch on and watch scary movies. I still like to treat myself sometimes! Makes the diet not so unbearable. As long as I'm on track the next day I'm fine.

Stars
10-05-2012, 05:50 PM
I have no desire whatsoever to eat candy. My husband will give out candy to the kids.

JossFit
10-05-2012, 06:13 PM
Our neigborhood literally CRAWLS with kids... there are so many out you can't drive through the neighborhood! *if* I choose to buy candy (because its a weeknight first of all, they get PLENTY, and I don't have kids so I don't feel a need to participate) I'll just get stuff I don't like so I'm not tempted at all.

Samantha18
10-05-2012, 07:51 PM
I don't worry about my plan on major holidays because it's not sustainable for me to do so. So the promise of getting to have some chocolate on Halloween if I crave it, is what will keep me away from treats leading up to the day. I plan to not pig out, but to enjoy myself and focus the next day because I know one day of going a bit over my calories isn't going to really effect my weight loss, if at all. With that said, I'm not a major candy person. So I'll probably just have a few pieces. I'm not worried about losing control or anything.

Vex
10-05-2012, 08:54 PM
Well, luckily I hate peanut butter, so that rules out all reeses. Unfortunately though, my son does not like candy but he does like to go trick or treat, so the candy remains in the house.

I did great last year by not denying myself any of it, but making sure I stay within my calories even when I have candy. I've never really been a candy binger though - I'm more of a bread binger. :)

I pretty much follow Samantha18's idea. I never force myself to remain on plan for holidays, including Christmas and Thanksgiving. I do force myself to make it ONLY those single days though.

Arctic Mama
10-05-2012, 09:04 PM
We don't do Halloween - all satanic references aside, teaching my children to beg strangers for junk food seems a bit cracked, to me.

Our church does a Reformation Night (it falls on the same day and everything, highly convenient!), celebrating the European reformers and having a cultural party (this year is Luther, so the potluck will be German courses and the games themed toward that country and pertinent history). There is candy rewarded in the games and the kids can dress up in related costumes, but it's very low key and a lot less junk than a normal Halloween party or trick or treating.

As for me, I was either going to not eat any candy at all, or allow a cookie from the potluck and ignore the rest. It's not generally too hard to do and while the kids get a bag of candy by the end of the night, it is nothing like pillowcases full of it! So my temptation remains pretty low.

theox
10-05-2012, 10:08 PM
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Having the chance to dress up in costume, get together with friends, carve pumpkins, and take time out to appreciate the mythological, fantastic, and unknown appeals to me.

I don't have kids and am extremely unlikely to have any trick-or-treaters coming to my door, so no potential for food issues there. Parties might be an issue, but I don't usually feel comfortable drinking at such events and have done pretty well limiting my party food intake, so I feel pretty confident that I can handle myself if I do go out.

I think the non-food "treat" ideas people have put forth have been really good. There are lots of little toys or trinkets that kids would like just as well as candy. Heck, you could probably even get some funky beads or marbles and give them out as good luck charms or something. A community bonfire sounds like tremendous fun, too.

twinieten
10-05-2012, 11:19 PM
It comes down to sheer will power for me! I think what I found helpful is my rule about junk in the house....lf it is important enough to them, they will put it away, and not leave things lying around. What's left out, I will throw it away. So basically, my husband and kids have become a little bit more conscientious about what they bring in the house and what they leave lying around. Work is another story. It's especially hard to avoid the sweets there.

I managed fairly well last year, and was losing at a descent pace all through the holidays. I guess watching the scale go down or at least not up, was a helpful reminder of my progress and goals (since I weigh daily). Plus, I recall the weather cooled off enough to where I was out running several times a week. I think that probably helped. If I sampled some candy, I worked it off.

HungryHungryHippo
10-06-2012, 12:34 AM
I like what Mimsy, and some others, said about celebrating Halloween all the other ways! I've got my costume ready (we always have a big party), and am hoping to go to a haunted house and a hay ride between now and then. The last time I lost weight, the holidays kind of screwed me up, so, if anything, I might just have a few pieces of sugar-free hard candy.

Misa66
10-06-2012, 07:28 AM
Whatever On Halloween I think I will be fine, my problem will be all the delicious fall/holiday Starbucks drinks and me and my boyfriend bought two cookie houses to decorate. I haven't had Starbucks in months and I've done good staying away from it but the seasonal drinks are my favorite and are here :( The cookie houses we bought cause we think it will make for a nice evening watching a scary movie while decorating them (frosting/candy/sprinkles) but afterwards that will be a lot of cookie to resist >.< I might suggest to give one away and share the other with our friends or family though

seabiscuit
10-06-2012, 07:50 AM
ERHR-

I don't think that handing out something like pencils is weird at all. When I was a kid, a dentist on our block used to hand out toothbrushes! :D

As for me, I have bought some candy for myself but am trying to not go overboard. I like the smaller bags that just allows me to get my sugar fix because I find the candy to be so addictive.

I love pretty much everything about fall from the leaves and cooler weather to the candy, donuts and cider and pumpkin everything!

I guess this holiday candy is a precursor to the holiday food, we'll have Thanksgiving and Christmas here before we know it, where does the time go! :dizzy:

Katbot24
10-06-2012, 11:49 AM
No one has mentioned halloween parties for grown ups! Every year the fiance and I have gone to the halloween party at our campus bar. That includes free drink tickets and lots of crazy deep fried food. Thankfully the fiance suggested saving money (costumes and party tickets and food and booze add up in price) so we've decided to watch scary movies with a bottle of wine and a few candy treats instead.

theox
10-06-2012, 01:37 PM
ERHR-

I don't think that handing out something like pencils is weird at all. When I was a kid, a dentist on our block used to hand out toothbrushes!

This is an awesome idea, especially if the kids who are coming to your house are from very low-income families. I know a physician who went to give a talk at her children's school and discovered that a lot of the kids there didn't even have their own toothbrush - they used their parents'. :( Something like giving out toothbrushes could actually be really useful.

masterptr
10-06-2012, 01:42 PM
I bought candies but I put them away in the covers...
and I'm going to give away the leftovers as soon as it is over.

angelskeep
10-06-2012, 05:09 PM
Shishkeberry-Congrats on all those smoke-free3 days! keep up the good work.

Barb

FunSize
10-06-2012, 07:50 PM
I am thankful I have never liked candy. It's never been tempting to me. I don't mind a piece of 90% dark chocolate with some strawberries or ice cream on occasion but I have never felt tempted by Halloween candy.

hlo813
10-06-2012, 07:59 PM
I am taking one day at a time. I've come so far in the past 9 months and don't want to ruin everything with eating too many sweets. Also they don't have the same temptation to me as they used to.

EverydayFAB
10-06-2012, 11:42 PM
A few of my friends are planning on running a 10k race on Halloween night...kinda neat that this is being organized! I'm hopeful they DO NOT have candy post-race!

Also, we do not get trick-or-treaters at my apartment complex, so no need to buy candy =)

My downfall is the candy bins at the grocery store - you can fill your own bag with an assortment, and of course they have the mellowcreme pumpkins. I've fallen victim to them several times already. As of this evening, I am making a vow to stay away from refined sugars for the rest of October. My wedding anniversary is in 3 weeks, and I need to drop a few (5) pounds before then!

shcirerf
10-07-2012, 12:16 AM
I am allergic to chocolate so that is not a big deal.

On the other hand, I live out in the boonies, but keep one bag of candy, just in case.

Have not had a trick or treater in the last 5 years. Unless you count the neighbors longhorns that showed up last weekend and raided my squash patch before I could chase them home! LOL!

Nadya
10-07-2012, 08:06 PM
I was thisclose to buying candy corn. Then I realized I'd eat almost the entire bag....so I'm attempting to avoid buying any candy whatsoever.

Now, cookies...my roommate bought cookies and it's just killing me. I want some so bad, I'm frustrated. -_-

seabiscuit
10-07-2012, 08:20 PM
I'm glad my toothbrush suggestion is helpful :D, LOL it was funny being a kid and getting a toothbrush but it is a good idea I think because all that candy is sooo bad for teeth...

I bought those mellowcreme pumpkins this weekend at the grocery store and haven't gone overboard with them, thank goodness. They are definitely sweet!

I would love to have a Halloween Party for adults but it is a lot of work sometimes to host a party...

Take care,

Amy ;)

Elladorine
10-07-2012, 08:34 PM
I stay away from the candy and just check out the other "goodies" at the store: decorations. They're more fun and don't have any calories. ;)

juliana77
10-07-2012, 09:34 PM
I don't buy candy. We always go to a potluck dinner party (with veg'n/organic/generally health-minded friends so there are lots of good choices) and then the kids trick or treat together.

My kiddo is willing to share his candy, but I decided my rule is that I will only eat it if I log it - and it's within my calories. (Now that I am in maintenance, I am inconsistent with logging. So if I am being lazy that day, then no candy.)

DisappearingActs
10-07-2012, 09:40 PM
I'm going to have some candy like I do every year. I don't celebrate Halloween but I do take advantage of the opportunity to pig out on candy. Stressing my diet too much always backfires for me.