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I don't buy ANY candy at all until 6pm (or as late as I possibly can). Even though I don't like doing it, I buy candy I don't like, Mr. Goodbars are awful in my opinion and the perfect candy to have around staring at me every time I open the door. Another one of my favs is to go to a party or go out. That way you don't have to deal with any of it.


Sun. Oct 29, 9:48pm

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I also don't buy the candy until the last minute..

I am going to get a toy my son wants, and have him trade (most, I think I'll let him keep a few pieces..) the candy for the toy..then I leave a big bowl of all the candy outside at the end of the night ,and all the big kids usually take it leftovers!!

Monday, October 30, 2006, 6:24 AM

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Meh - I don't have time to be taking special trips to the store. I bought candy when I did my grocery shopping and it's sitting in a bowl by the front door. I may have a few pieces on Halloween and we'll leave the bowl outside with the light on after the little kids have gone through. If they somehow miss it the husband will take the leftovers to work. However, I have to say I really don''t have a problem resisting candy bars - it's baked goods that are my downfall. So Halloween is allright but Thanksgiving and Christmas are tough ones....

Monday, October 30, 2006, 10:14 AM

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i allow myself a piece or two many days during the season. i just factor the calories in to what i allow myself for the day. yes, i know i don't need all that sugar-but life is too short and i love candy!

Monday, October 30, 2006, 11:19 AM

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I decided to pass out Fruit Leathers from Costco this year. Candy isn’t good for anybody, especially children that need to develop healthy eating patterns.

Monday, October 30, 2006, 3:33 PM

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Give out cheap, fun toys instead of candy. The children don't need it anyway and they'll get it from everywhere else.

Monday, October 30, 2006, 4:29 PM

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So true - when we were kids candy was actually a 'treat' - kids these days get candy all the time. OTOH I don't know how much of a treat a toy is either. Fortunately I just go out and don't worry about it either way :-)

Monday, October 30, 2006, 5:00 PM

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No kids come to my house because it's on a main street. I discovered this three years ago when I moved in and didn't get a single knock on the door. :( I ended up eating like half the bowl of candy while I was waiting!! So now I just don't buy any.

Monday, October 30, 2006, 5:12 PM

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Just saw this on the news..
Better options:

1. Three Musketeers Miniatures. One piece has 26 calories and less than 1 gram of fat.

2. Peppermint Patty. A snack size peppermint patty has 55 calories and one gram of fat.

3. Candy corn. Stick to a small individual bag with about five corns and it will only cost you about 35 calories.

4. A small bag of peanut M&Ms. The heart-healthy nuts will help you to feel more satisfied and keep your blood sugar levels from soaring like it would after eating a pure sugary candy.

5. Adora Calcium Chocolate has just 30 calories.

To Avoid:

1. Mounds bar. A small one has 50 calories and 13 grams of fat, 11 of which are saturated. Three mini mounds equals as much harmful fat as a Quarter Pounder! An Almond Joy isn't much better.

2. Raisinettes. Since when did just a few raisins come with 5 grams of fat? Two-and-a-half of the five grams increases your risk for a heart attack!

3. Snickers Minis. In just a bite, you get nearly twice the amount of calories (43) and fat (2.25) compared to that same small bite of a Minis Three Musketeers.

4. Yogurt coated Raisins. These raisins are far from healthy. The teeny Sun-Maid bag will cost you 130 calories and 5 grams of fat.

5. Brach's Coconut Neapolitan candies. One little bite is 53 calories in a serving, with 12 grams of fat.

Lyssie also say don't be fooled by so-called "sugar free" candies. They say many of these products are loaded with both fat and saturated fat.

But the real challenge for parents? Portion control. Lyssie says the average kid shouldn't have more than two to three pieces of candy per day.

Monday, October 30, 2006, 5:54 PM

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