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The Scariest Halloween Treats

These high-calorie Halloween goodies can be deadly to your diet.

Fattening Halloween Treat No. 5: Seasonal Milkshakes and Ice Cream

Ice cream gets a Halloween makeover with the Halloween Popping Candy Milkshake at Steak & Shake, weighing in at 875 calories and 32 grams of fat -- more than a meal's worth of fat and calories. An 8-ounce serving of Cold Stone Creamery pumpkin ice cream has 454 calories and 25 grams of fat.

Not to be outdone, Dairy Queen boasts a large pumpkin pie Blizzard with 1,080 calories and 40 grams fat -- which would take an adult roughly two hours of jogging to burn off.

Forego these fatty treats and enjoy a small portion of simple ice cream without all the add-ins, or try frozen yogurt. You can enjoy a half-cup of any of Edy's slow-churned ice creams for under 150 calories.

"Portion control is how you can have your cake and eat it too," says Gans.

Fattening Halloween Treat No. 6: Popcorn Balls

Popcorn is a whole grain and can be a nutritious snack, but when you add syrup, it becomes a calorie-laden, gooey mess. Instead of popcorn balls, try a 100-calorie snack pack of kettle corn. It's portion controlled and has a little sweetness that will satisfy.

Fattening Halloween Treat No. 7: Caramel Apples

Apples are great sources of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, but when you coat them in caramel and nuts, you can end up with a 500-calorie treat. It's best to eat apples plain and if you need something sweet, dip apple slices in a little peanut butter for a snack with staying power. Another option is to dip apple slices in a small portion of low-fat caramel sauce.

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Reviewed on October 15, 2008

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