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Halloween: Let Them Eat Candy—But How Much?
Halloween: A Candy Celebration
A Candy Plan
- Let your child pick 10 favorite pieces to keep. Donate the rest of the candy to a senior citizen center, shelter, or some other charitable organization.
- Let your child trade their candy for a prize such as a toy, book, or a fun event.
- Let your child pick out 2-3 pieces of candy to have each day. Have them eat something healthy before they eat the candy.
- Let your child pick a set amount of candy for the week. Once the week's allotment is gone, do not let your child fish back in the bag for more.
Some Additional Tips
- Serve kids a healthy dinner before trick-or-treating. Make sure the meal includes food that they like. This way, they will be full and may be less tempted to indulge in candy.
- Offer trick-or-treaters something other than candy. Although it is tempting to give a piece of fruit, like an apple, this is not a good idea. Fruit is difficult for a parent to check for tampering. Instead, give them colorful pencils, stickers, or large erasers. Having non-candy options also provides choices for children who may have food allergies.
- Set guidelines about how much candy your children can have. Consider limiting the number of houses they go to, or how much time they can spend in a particular place. Have a set number of days that candy can remain in the house before it gets thrown out.
- Children should not snack while they are trick-or-treating. Make sure your children understand that you need to check all the treats at home before any are eaten.
- Watch for signs of tampering. These include small pinholes in wrappers and torn or loose packages.
- Parents of young children should get rid of choking hazards. These include gum, peanuts, hard candies, and small toys.
- If your child has food allergies, check that the candy he or she has collected does not contain allergens.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD, FAAP
- Review Date: 03/2017
- Update Date: 03/16/2015