The Trick for Healthy Treats

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Before you pop that innocent looking fun-sized Snickers bar into your mouth, says Cynthia Sass, co-author of "The Ultimate Diet Log," it helps to put the calorie count in perspective. A 150-pound person burns about 60 calories during a 15-minute, moderately paced walk.

That means you'll have to stroll for at least 30 minutes to cancel out two of those tiny treats. Can you really stop at a couple? And is the splurge really worth it?

Sass also recommends buying candy you don't like to limit the temptation. For example, if you're a chocoholic, give out Smarties instead. Just don't go too repulsive with your selection, or you risk the egg-and-toilet paper treatment.

Have absolutely no willpower when it comes to sugar? Then consider handing out something non-edible but cool. Heaner suggests items like glow necklaces, mini crayon packs, stickers or temporary tattoos. These are a big hit with Halloweeners but still allow everyone's costume to fit next year.

Buy Late, Give Away Pronto

p> Bajenaru says the best way to protect your waistline is by buying late and giving away immediately. In other words, buy your trick or treat candy at the last possible minute; even if it costs you a little more, it's still cheaper in the long run than springing for a larger-sized wardrobe.

And as soon as your kids shed their costumes for the night, allow them to select a limited amount of their favorite treats, then donate the rest to charity. Whatever you do, don't let piles of sweets linger until Thanksgiving. That's a holiday with caloric issues all its own.

What do you think? Do you have any helpful tips for keeping Halloween snacking under control? Has Halloween candy ruined your diet? Or have you discovered another Halloween trick that has worked for you? Please post your comments below.

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