Fattening Halloween Treat No. 1: Full-size Candy Bars
In general, the bigger the bar, the more calories it has. "Dispersing large candy bars invites kids to overeat, and they are expensive, so do your neighborhood kids a favor and pass out fun-sized bars, or better yet, sugar-free gum, pretzels, stickers, or pencils," says Tanner.
Fattening Halloween Treat No. 2: Snack-size Bars Loaded With Coconut, Caramel, Nuts and/or Chocolate
"Eating a mini snack-size is not terrible, but who can stop at just one?" says Keri Gans, MS, RD, an American Dietetic Association spokesperson. And the worst snack-size bars are loaded with coconut, caramel, nuts and chocolate."
"Read the labels; it will surprise you to learn that a snack-size Kit Kat bar has 220 calories and 11 grams of fat," Gans says.
Better choices are fun-sized Twizzlers (45 calories, negligible fat), Milky Way (75 calories, 3 grams of fat) or a peppermint patty (50 calories; 1 gram of fat). Less caloric options include candy corn, fruit chews, jelly beans, fruit leather, licorice or hard candies (but do keep in mind that these are still "extra" calories, and can contribute to cavities).
Fattening Halloween Treat No. 3: Pumpkin Desserts and Baked Goods
This time of year, restaurants are full of pumpkin muffins, donuts, cakes, and scones. Panera's pumpkin muffin has 530 calories and 20 grams of fat. A Dunkin' Donuts pumpkin glazed donut weighs in with 280 calories and 6 grams of fat, and their pumpkin muffin packs 560 calories and 24 grams of fat -- ouch! Krispy Kreme offers a spice cake donut with 300 calories and 14 grams fat. Starbucks has a pumpkin loaf with 330 calories and 12 grams of fat, and its innocent-sounding pumpkin scone has 500 calories and 20 grams fat.
"Most people enjoy a donut, muffin, or scone as an afternoon treat with their coffee or as a breakfast, but these will contribute excessive calories and they will be hungry in a few hours because it is mostly refined carbohydrates," says Sandon.
Then there's the pumpkin pecan cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory; a 9.3-ounce slice will cost you an astounding 950 calories and 58 grams of fat.
Instead of any of these pumpkin treats, buy a box of Kashi TLC pumpkin spice flax granola bars and stash it in your desk or briefcase for a satisfying treat with only 180 calories and 6 grams of fat.