The Best Way to Burn Off Your Halloween Candy

See the actual exercise cost of your favorite Halloween candy

candy corn and candy pumpkins
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Have you ever added up the calories in your favorite Halloween candy? You might be surprised to see how many calories you consume on Halloween night. The numbers aren't pretty. And of course, we often continue to raid the candy bowl well after the holiday is over.  So, the total damage can be even more substantial. 

To balance out the added fat, you might try to hit the gym and add a few exercise sessions to your regular routine.

But how much extra exercise is enough. Below, find a list of the calorie counts of Halloween candy along with the time it will take for you to burn off the treat at the gym.

Halloween Calorie Counts in Exercise Minutes

Tiny treats like fun-size Kit Kats or those mini bags of M&Ms are relatively low in calories. The problem is that we usually eat three, four even five of them because they're so small. Fun sized calories add up to long hours on the elliptical or Stairmaster.

So how do you burn it all off? The exercise cost of the most popular treats below. The candy workouts don't seem too bad, but keep in mind, that if you eat extra candy, then you need to do extra workouts to maintain your weight.  So these activities have to be performed in addition to your regular workouts if you are adding candy to your typical diet.

The number of calories that you burn may be slightly different than the calorie counts listed.

 But they are good estimates of the Halloween candy workouts you need to do to keep your body weight stable after you indulge. The exercise estimates are based on the number of calories that a 150 pound exerciser would burn as indicated on the American Council on Exercise activity calculator.

  • Fun-sized Kit Kat bar (3 pieces/210 calories):  Run for 20 minutes or walk at a moderate pace for one hour.
  • Reese's Peanut Butter Cup (1 individual cup/105 calories): Cycling workout for 25 minutes or swim laps for 15 minutes.
  • Fun-sized Almond Joy (1 bar/80 calories): 15 minutes of intense aerobics class, 30 minutes of yoga or 15 minutes of golf
  • Fun-sized Snickers bar (2 small bars/160 calories): Weight training for 45 minutes, take a hatha yoga class for one hour
  • Fun-sized M&Ms (3 mini packs/180 calories) Cross country hiking for 30 minutes, go dancing with friends for 30 minutes
  • Fun-sized Hershey's Chocolate bar (1 small bar/77 calories) 10 minutes of racquetball, jump rope slowly for ten minutes
  • Fun-sized Whoppers (2 bags/60 calories): Moderate rowing machine workout for 10 minutes or a slow jog for about a mile
  • Candy corn (about 20 pieces/140 calories) Walk at a brisk pace for 35 minutes or play ping pong for 30 minutes

Other Ways to Burn Off Halloween Calories

Not a fan of exercise?  Here are some household tasks and other activities that will burn extra calories. Do each activity separately or do a complete housecleaning workout to burn fat and calories.

  • Vacuum the carpets for 30 minutes: 100 calories
  • Wash, wax and dry the car: 100 calories
  • Grocery shopping (including carrying your groceries): 80 calories
  • Walk to the grocery store:115 calories
  • Scrub the kitchen floor: 200 calories
  • Play frisbee with the kids: 102 calories
  • General housecleaning for 90 minutes: 300 calories
  • Rake and bag leaves for one hour: 375 calories 

How Long Will It Take to Burn Off Halloween Calories?

It's not a good idea to try to burn off your candy calories with a single workout or even in a single day.  If you overindulged, add a few minutes to each of your regularly scheduled workouts for a week or two to get back on track.  You're more likely to stick to the program and you may be able to improve your fitness level to lose more weight while you're at it.