This post was updated in September 2019.
Halloween is upon us and if you’re like me, I get a little “baked” on the availability of candy. “Baked” as in “stick a fork in me, I’m done.”
Halloween candy calories can add up quickly if you’re not aware. Learn how fun size Halloween candy measures up in calories and sugar.
I wouldn’t begrudge a child the experience of trick-or-treating, nor the opportunity to go a little crazy with candy.
But…there are costs to the whole candy thing.
Yes, yes, I know the big grab bags of candy are now over $10 (unbelievable!), but I am talking about the Halloween candy calories and sugar.
Calories in Fun-Size Candy
Halloween treats fill buckets and pillowcases with mini-bites of Snickers, KitKats, and JuJube boxes.
But what’s the low down on calories? And sugar?Calories and sugar in Fun-size Halloween treats. Click To Tweet
Inquiring minds want to know.
If you’re like me, you may not worry too much about it. But, if I’m truth-telling, I do hold out on buying Halloween candy until the last minute.
Otherwise, I can easily get myself into trouble. Cuz, I’m a candy-lover at heart!
If I’m not careful, I can be guilty of occasionally justifying multiple handfuls of those mini-bad boys. Can I get an Amen?!
Don’t get me wrong—I am not anti-candy—I am pro-awareness for myself, my kids, and my private practice clients.
Halloween poses its own set of candy management challenges. You need to pay attention to how much you and your kids are eating.
Insider Notes on Halloween Candy Calories
The good news about fun-size treats? Most of them contain 10% (sometimes less) of the calories I typically allot for Fun Food. In other words, one or two Halloween treats per day works out fine for most kids, on average.
But it’s best to look at the big picture. How do these treats stack up when considering what’s eaten during the whole day? During the week?
The mini-versions are much easier to manage over a full-size candy bar.
I note added sugar content too because there are added sugar guidelines for children.
While these Halloween candy calories provide a blatant source of added sugar, you can track how they fit into the whole day, especially when other sources of sugar such as that found in beverages, cookies and other desserts are present in the diet.
It’s pretty safe to say that most kids are getting far more than the recommended amounts of sugar in their diet.
This is due to consumption of soda or other sugary beverages, hidden sources of sugar (cereal, yogurt), and blatant sources, like candy and desserts.
Recommended Daily Sugar Intake for Kids:
|Age||Amount of added sugar per day|
|2-3 years||4 teaspoons (16 grams)|
|4-8 years||3 teaspoons (12 grams)|
|9-13 years||5-8 teaspoons (20 – 32 grams)|
|14-18 years||5-8 teaspoons (20 – 32 grams)|
While Halloween is certainly a highlight of the year for many kids (it sure was for me!), it doesn’t have to take your child’s diet down several notches.
Check out these other Halloween posts from years past:
For a downloadable, FREE handout detailing some of those fun-size Halloween candies, along with their calorie and sugar contents, don’t miss this handy printable.
Written by: Jill Castle, MS, RDN
Published on: October 9, 2019
Updated on: October 12, 2019