Candy everywhere: The scariest part of Halloween

Well, if you’re sick of seeing those enormous bags of Halloween candy on the retailers’ shelves, it’s probably because they’ve been there since before the kids started back to school in August! Yowza! For anyone with a sweet tooth there’s nothing more frightening.

When I weighed 350 pounds, I loved when the candy came out that early. I was the first one to purchase an assortment of Hershey Minis, Reeses Peanut Butter Cups and, of course, Snickers. Unfortunately, my large bowl of assorted favorites had to be replenished over and over again long before October 31st. Here’s the real sad thing – because of the narrow country road on which we live, we’ve never had a trick or treater in twenty years we’ve lived here. Who was I really buying all that candy for? You guessed it. Moi.

Now that I’ve changed my errant ways, let me share with you a few rules of thumb that have helped.

• Buy and hand out candy you don’t like.

Love Snickers? Enjoy Reeses? Do Twizzlers titillate you? — Don’t buy them. Do Nerds turn your stomach? Do you feel disdain towards sour gummies? Buy them. Even if it’s your children’s favorite candy, don’t have it hanging around if it floats your boat.

• Don’t buy candy at all.

There are options other than food. It’s true! Really! There are Halloween stickers, cards, pencils, balls, glow sticks, and a myriad of other bulk-packed treats that kids love to get. Best of all, they are calorie-free.

• Wait to buy the candy.

Even shopping on Oct. 31st is OK! Trust me — America doesn’t run out of candy. This hint is even for you overly prepared moms who like to have everything set weeks ahead of time. Try living dangerously just this once.

• Go trick-or-treating with your kids.

Go for the exercise, not the candy! Bring a hot cup of coffee or a bag of 94% fat free popcorn. There’s nothing more dangerous than being left home alone with all the candy to man the door.

• Let your spouse do the candy inspecting.

I know this is an important job, but if you can pawn it off, you’re one step ahead of the game.  Put it into a bag you can’s see into — and keep it out of sight.

• Stay accountable!

I always go so far as to announce that “Mom isn’t having candy this year, so don’t give me any no matter how hard I beg.” Or you can invite a weight loss buddy and his/her kids over to trick-or-treat with your family. It’ll make the evening easier and more fun.

Remember ... Halloween will be over in just one night, but its effects could stay on your hips for a looooong time.

Kim Bensen, author of Finally Thin, was a lifetime yo-yo dieter who lost 200+ pounds and has kept it off for more than 10 years. She owns the Kim Bensen Weight Loss Center and Kim’s Light Café and Smoothie Bar at 405 Bridgeport Avenue in Shelton. For weight loss tips and recipes, visit