Only six years old.
She hid her candy from me.
Found it. Sorry, Jo.
Janice — yes, it’s true. When my daughter Joanna was just six, I rummaged through her room to find the Halloween candy she had hidden from me. The scene that followed humiliates me to this day. Let’s just say that I’m very, very lucky that she has a forgiving and kind nature. But for all of us who have a “problem,’ shall we say, with sugary foods, Halloween is very tough. Which is why I offer you the following Halloween “recipe” to "make" after the last trick-or-treater has darkened your doorstep:
- Bring all the leftover candy into the kitchen.
- Unwrap each piece.
- Throw in garbage.
- Throw stuff over it — vinegar, mustard, whatever.
- Bag up garbage.
- Take outside.
- Pat yourself on the back.
- Smile. Go to bed.
Jay — For me, the most effective way to avoid snacking on Halloween candy for trick-or-treaters is to buy only candy that I really dislike. For example, I hate Twizzlers and the texture of gooey caramel — so my candy bowl is filled with Twizzlers, Twix, Snickers, and other caramel-laden candies. I also keep cut apples by the door so that if I feel tempted when the kids come to the door, I take a piece of apple. I feel so much better about my choices and I can go to bed feeling proud of myself.
Two years ago, I was a champ through Halloween. I made it through, I was feeling good about sticking to my goals — but then I fell victim to the after-Halloween candy sale. 75% off candy? What a deal! I can never resist a good deal. So I bought a bag of Reese’s pumpkins and demolished them. They tasted amazing in the moment, but afterward, I felt awful. Last year, I was determined to avoid the temptation. and so I told myself a little lie: “All the candy is on sale because it’s past the expiration date.” Is it true? Who’s to say? All I know is that it worked for me, and I’m sticking with that story this year.
These are a few ways that helped me make it through Halloween successfully. Figure out your own strategies that will work for you and your own life circumstances. Find ways to mitigate the temptation. Don’t let candy or this holiday be the boss of you — you decide when and how you are going to consume treats. If throwing candy away is the best way to remove the temptation, then do what you have to do.
If you eat a piece of candy (or more), don’t be discouraged. It’s just one little blip in the big picture — don’t forget, one mistake does not mean that you are a screw-up. All it means is that you are human. Treat yourself with kindness, forgive yourself, and remember that November 1 is a new day. Habits take time, love takes time, and isn’t that the sweetest of all?