The Great Pumpkin: Halloween Candy Moderation (Plus Hershey’s Giveaway)


Halloween is just a few days away, but we’re already swimming in candy. The girls each have a bag of treats from Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, I have a grocery bag full of candy for a news segment tomorrow (to be used for our own Trick or Treaters this weekend), and, of course, we’re anticipating even more as the week goes on.

Ordinarily, I don’t let them have a lot of sweets. Even on Halloween. I always try to buy my favorites out of their treat bucket. (Or, you know, take them when no one is looking.) But, I always offer my girls the option to leave their candy out on Halloween night for The Great Pumpkin.

They can take a few favorite pieces, and trade the rest for something even better. The Great Pumpkin will come in while they are sleeping and exchange the bucket of treats for a special toy or movie. It’s a fun way to convince little ones to go easy on the Halloween sweets. I may struggle with moderation, but I hope we’re teaching our girls better habits.

Moderation is the name of the game, and Hershey’s has created several tools to help us win. On the Moderation Nation website, you’ll find recipes, menus, expert tips, balanced meals & snacks and useful facts, like the portion distortion guide. They’ve even created a free iPhone app to help you balance your activities & snacks.

Plus, they want to get one of you started with a Hershey’s Moderation Nation gift pack of your own! To enter for your chance to win, simply leave a comment here, and let us know how you balance treats with a healthy lifestyle. Or, why you can’t seem to find the right balance. (I blame Reese’s peanut butter cups.) You can also earn additional entries by:

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For your extra entries to be counted, be sure to leave an additional comment directing us to your entry. Only one additional entry per method (i.e. While multiple tweets are appreciated it, only one will count as a drawing entry.) The contest runs until November 2nd at 11:59pm est. One winner will be notified by email on November 3rd and receive a “Moderation Nation” prize pack, which includes a Moderation Nation t-shirt, Hershey’s chocolate and a nutrition journal to track your food and activities. Winner will have 48 hours to complete the claim form or a new winner will be chosen.


?I was provided with a free “Moderation Nation” prize pack to facilitate this post, but the opinion is 100% real.

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  1. Dawn Miller says:

    Ok frst of all I love the idea of the great pumpkin and leaving sweets out to trade for a movie or toy. I am going to use that for sure this year! In the pastwe have just kept all the candy in a bowl on top of fridge and she could have 3 pieces a day. She is a little older now though so we will see if that still works for us.

  2. Natalia Gonzalez says:

    I put the candy in a bowl, and only give to them 2 candies, but only saturday and sunday…sometimes they have candy in the week from others.

  3. Katie says:

    I have no balance! I have a terrible sweet tooth that can only be smooshed with complete abstinence.

  4. 3boyzmom says:

    What we always do, once Halloween is over, instead of having loads of candy for weeks that I have to fight with my boys about, I let them go hog wild and eat it all in the first day so it’s all GONE!!!

  5. phxbne says:

    I think my 5 year old would like this idea! I try to do one piece a day and donate to a food pantry for holiday treats

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  8. Diane L. says:

    I like to buy little bags of corn candy to give away for Halloween because it is the one candy I dislike. Then I’m not tempted!

  9. Suzanne says:

    we limit the treats coming into the house, and usually after a few days it goes into a cupboard and is forgotten about

  10. andrea says:

    We just don’t buy a lot of junk stuff and have it occasionally for an extra treat and they don’t even want candy or sweets now

  11. Agata says:

    I balance treats by buying smaller portions (100 calorie packs) and including lots of exercise!

  12. Angelene says:

    I like to buy bite size chocolates to help me eat smaller portions of candy

  13. Kate says:

    I buy smaller portions

  14. Kate says:

    i subscribe

  15. Kate says:

    follow on twitter

  16. Nancy says:

    I try to balance treats with a healthy lifestyle by using portion control. The small fun size chocolate packages help keep me (somewhat) in check when it comes to chocolate! I also read the calorie count on the nutrition statement for each type of chocolate candy.

  17. Nancy says:

    I subscribe to your RSS feed.

    P.S. I love the Great Pumpkin “buy back” offer. Very clever!

  18. tina reynolds says:

    I am working on balance I am trying one treat a day at the end of a day as a reward for not over indulging all day thanks for the chance to win

  19. tina reynolds says:

    i subscribe

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    i follow on twitter @mrstinareynolds

  21. Miranda Ward says:

    We are only allowed a certain serving size per day and its not much.

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