Avoid purchasing your candy until a few days before Halloween from Halloween: Will It Haunt Your Waistline? Slideshow

Halloween: Will It Haunt Your Waistline? Slideshow

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Avoid purchasing your candy until a few days before Halloween

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If it’s not in the house, you won’t eat it.

Stock Up on Dark Chocolate

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A pair of Dove squares or Hershey’s Kisses are only 50 calories. But do keep that to pure dark cocoa. Avoid bars with nuts, caramel, or peanut butter — all which add unnecessary calories.

Don’t stock up on Halloween candy you love.

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Buy types you are not fond of. You will be less likely to overindulge while waiting for the doorbell to ring on Halloween night.

Give Out More Lollipops

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Although horrible for your teeth, they take a long time to eat (unlike other candy you devour in seconds). With only 60 calories, they can be one of the leanest options. 

Eat Dinner

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Ensure yourself and your children eat dinner before the trick-or-treating begins. By approaching the evening with a full tummy, one will have much more self-control when it comes to the candy. Crockpot meals are ideal — they are quick and easy. Make a batch of chili or hearty soup in the morning and its ready when arriving home from school. 

Stock up on Granola Bars and Fruit Leathers

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Kids love packing these items in their lunch box. Although not an everyday choice — they are likely one of the more nutritious Halloween giveaways.

Limit Yourself

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Set a limit on the number of pieces yourself and your children can have each day and stick to it. Avoid deprivation by allowing yourself a few pieces of your favorites. Give yourself time to savor them and enjoy the flavors. Eat them at a time of day when you are not starving — you are more likely to feel satisfied.   

Sugar-Free Gum is Your Secret Weapon

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Let’s face it — kids love gum. This is a win-win item all around. 

Give Back with Candy

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After a few days of eating, agree to throw the rest out or donate it to a crisis shelter or charity. This is a good practice of self-control for yourself as well as your children.   

100-Calorie Snack Packs are the New Candy

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Teddy Grahams, Oreos, pretzels. You name it — there is a sweet or salty portion-controlled snack pack available. This is one giveaway that moms always adore.