Halloween Candy Workout: Family Style!

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I’m sure I’m not alone when I tell you it?s a pretty exciting time at our house, because…Halloween is tomorrow! My kiddos are?over-the-moon excited to dress up in their trick-or-treat getups and hit the streets.?And if you haven’t noticed yet,?little Miss Rubes has just about worn out her costume already!

While costumes are fun for the kiddos, let’s be honest…as much as I hate to admit it, I have a feeling they’re more excited about the candy than anything. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ?In the past, I?ve given you examples of what we do with our Halloween candy haul, but this year, I?ve got a brand spankin’ new?idea that the Powell Pack will be trying out, so I had to share?a fun little game (i.e., kid sugar burner) to add even more fun to your Halloween celebration. Ladies and gents, I present my Halloween Candy Workout!


How to play:

Each category of candy has an associated movement:

Hard candy = Spooky Squats
Chocolate candy = Boo! Burpees
Bubble Gum = Jack O? Lantern Jumping Jacks
Chewy candy = Frankenstein Frog Jumps
Other = Zombie Run-in-Place
*NOTE: See image below for a breakdown of candy examples for categories.

There?are three different ways to play…all of them fun:

1. When the kiddos bring you some candy they?re wanting to eat, they get to do 10 reps of the movement associated with each piece of candy before they eat that piece of candy (see chart below). For example, if they bring you 1 package of M&Ms, 2 Laffy Taffys, 4 Smarties, a Fun Dip, and 3 Tootsie Rolls, they get to do the following:

10 Boo! Burpees
20 Frankenstein Frog Jumps
50 seconds of Zombie Runs-in-Place
30 Spooky Squats

2. Take #1 up a notch (and burn more of that sugar!) by having the kids do 20 reps for each piece of candy!! I can promise you they will be choosing fewer pieces of candy to eat. ๐Ÿ˜‰

3. Get the whole family involved: Put all the candy in a bowl, and begin to organize the candy into the 5 categories given here. Count the number of pieces belonging to each category and have the family perform 3 rounds of?1 rep for each piece of candy, using the coordinating moves. For example: If the family candy stash has 30 pieces of hard candy, 25 pieces of bubble gum, 40 pieces of chocolate, 36 pieces of chewy candy, and 12 other pieces of candy, the family will do:

3 rounds of:

30 Spooky Squats
25?Jack O’ Lantern Jumping Jacks
40 Boo! Burpees
36 Frankenstein Frog Jumps
12 seconds of Zombie Run-in-Place

Make sure to include the big kids!! Talk about a?calorie burner! ๐Ÿ˜‰

To make things even easier for you, here?s a handy dandy downloadable chart to keep by all that candy:

Alright guys…try it out and tell me what you think.?I?d love to see pics of your Halloween Candy Workouts, so please share them on social media, tag me, and use the hashtag #HeidisHalloweenCandyWorkout. This is going to be so fun!!!

Happy Halloween!



Related posts:

Halloween Hangover
Halloween Candy…Which Chews to Choose This Year
Healthy Halloween Treats: Ghosts, Pumpkins, & Broomsticks!
Exercise…It’s a Family Affair!
My Kind of Family Fitness! Deck of Cards: Kids’ Edition

6 Responses

  1. OMG Heidi! Here we are a year later and I must tell you that Halloween was tonight in here…my son walked through the whole village and was quite reasonable afterwards for the candies!! He says “I love sugar, like once a week, but et rarely has some. In fact, I could use last years leftovers (we don’t do that!!!-but wanted to let you know I consider myself lucky he doesn’t eat much sugary things!!
    However, I’ll use your trick, and will put your candy workout to the test!! ?

  2. I have 1 question. I worked really hard to get my six pack. For 8months I just focused on my abs. Now I have them. They looks really great.
    But now I have to work 8 hours a day. And lots of other works. It has become very hard for me to go to gym everyday.
    So my question is how Chris maintainss his abs all the time? He has kids and lot of work to do. So whats the secret?
    Please help me because I don’t want my abs to go away.

    1. Hi Jackson: The secret is working out entire your body regularly (both strength training and cardio) – including your abs – and this can be done in a short amount of time. The other key is being spot-on with your nutrition program. And even a few minutes here and there throughout your day can make a difference!

  3. I can’t wait to use this with my godsons…I’m going to join in with them since I don’t eat candy and I love helping them stay active!

  4. Dear miss heidi. I really enjoy following u as best as I can! And with all the information that is out there is only 1 way that is left out 4 us old school folks… I have a “smart phone” but .not very smart here. I can look up my e-mails, but don’t know how 2 set up my account:-( So is there any way 2 actually send a hand written letter??? Thank u from “lost in Iowa”

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