The Scariest Halloween Treats

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Summer vacations are a distant memory, a chill is in the air, and scary decorations, creepy costumes, and candy-packed grocery aisles are clear signs that Halloween is on the way. Kids spend hours planning the perfect costume to romp the neighborhood in pursuit of a pillowcase full of candy. But many parents dread the season — not because of the festivities, but because of all the calories from the Halloween treats that are so plentiful this time of year.

Halloween is the beginning of the feasting season, which lasts all through the holidays. If you are like 60% of overweight Americans, you’re looking to keep your weight in check or even lose a few pounds — not blow your diet by mindlessly eating fun-size candy bars.

“One day of splurging on a few small candy bars won’t hurt most kids or adults, but unfortunately there is so much candy that the indulgence goes on for days, even weeks, and that can spell dietary disaster,” says Marilyn Tanner-Blasiar, MHS, RD, a pediatric dietitian at the Washington University School of Medicine.

Halloween Candy, Desserts, and More

All it takes is an extra 100 calories a day to pack on 10 pounds in a year. Just one piece of Russell Stover Portion control is how you can have your cake and eat it too,” says Gans.

Fattening Halloween Treat No. 6: Popcorn Balls

Popcorn is a whole grain and can be a nutritious snack, but when you add syrup, it becomes a calorie-laden, gooey mess. Instead of popcorn balls, try a 100-calorie snack pack of kettle corn. It’s portion controlled and has a little sweetness that will satisfy.

Fattening Halloween Treat No. 7: Caramel Apples

Apples are great sources of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, but when you coat them in caramel and nuts, you can end up with a 500-calorie treat. It’s best to eat apples plain and if you need something sweet, dip apple slices in a little peanut butter for a snack with staying power. Another option is to dip apple slices in a small portion of low-fat caramel sauce.