Alright, if you’re reading this right now, it’s pretty likely you found your way over here via a snippet of the Powell Pack’s Target Halloween Extravaganza, and for that, I’m not sure if I should say “You’re welcome,” or “I’m sorry.” Oh boy, life with 4 kids and a husband always trying to steal the spotlight (I’m kidding, Chris!) can be quite the adventure. But the good news is we made it out of that shopping trip nearly unscathed, although I’m not sure I can say the same for that Target store or its patrons. Ha! Anyway, back to business!

With Halloween just around the corner, the questions about how to stay on track on one of the most gorge-worthy holidays of the season are flooding in! So to help keep you on the path to transformation success, I’m sharing my top 3 Halloween survival tips. It’s actually much easier than you think—it just takes a little planning and a smidge of self-control. For the full video, watch here…then check out the tips below!

Yes, we are quite the site to be seen at our local Target…oye. But anyway, to the tips…

Tip #1: Don’t buy candy yet! Guys, let’s be real with ourselves. It’s only the second week of October, and Halloween is still a few weeks away, so is there any reason to buy candy now?! NO! There is only one possible outcome to buying candy weeks before the actual holiday—you and your family eating it! I’ve heard the classic “But if I don’t buy it now, all the good candy will be gone!” and to that I say, “GOOD!”And that leads me to my next tip…

Tip #2: Do NOT buy candy YOU like! Hi, my name is Heidi Powell, and I am a Reese’s addict. Seriously, the combination of chocolate and peanut butter is so perfect it basically haunts my dreams. If there was a huge bag of it in my house, can you guess what would happen to it? I would eat it! I’m pretty sure passing out candy to trick-or-treaters would go a little something like—one for you, one for me, one for you, one for me. And before you know it, I would be 8 “fun size” Reese’s deep! So can you guess the one candy I refuse to buy?! You guessed it! Better yet, swap out buying candy for fun toys or healthy treats like snack packs of pretzels or popcorn instead.

Tip #3: Buy the candy from your kiddos (ie. dump it)! So the video may have only given two tips…but I decided to throw in a third from a few years back. A couple Halloweens ago, I (with Cash’s help!) revealed the Powell Pack’s secret to post-Halloween diet success. We buy the candy (ie. get rid of the candy) from them! Following the trick-or-treating fun, our kiddos get to eat as much or as little candy as they want. Then, the next day, we go through and count each piece of candy and award our kids with a few cents for each piece—essentially buying the candy back from them. Generally, it adds up to a few dollars for each kid. Then we head over to the dollar store and each child gets to run wild using their few dollars to toys or items of their choice. And guess what? They don’t miss the candy a bit! Last year, we even found an amazing organization that sends leftover Halloween candy to the troops overseas and they LOVED that. They even requested, on their own, to send their candy to the troops again this year. I’ll call that one a #momwin.

How do you cope with the candy overload?! Any tips or tricks I should know about? Share in the comments below!



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