Trick or Treat – Healthy Eating During Halloween

Halloween can be a fun time to dress up your kids and go trick or treating. Cute costumes, brisk fall air, the change in season and of course….candy, make Halloween a favorite for many. But how much candy is too much candy? Candy and excess sugar can make children feel ill, lead to too many calories taken in for a given day and wreak havoc on good dental health. Here are some Halloween tips to keep your family healthy and happy:

  • Talk to your child before going trick or treating about how many pieces of candy they can chose when done trick or treating.
  • Have a healthy meal before going trick or treating so your child is not overly hungry.
  • Inspect all treats and candy for safety before consumption.
  • Ration candy and store in a place that is out of sight, out of mind.
  • Throw out candy that you do not want your child to have.
  • Encourage alternatives to giving out candy in your neighborhood (ie pencils, stickers, trading cards).

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