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October 31, 2017 06:10 PM

Halloween Candy Do's & Don'ts

Sioux Falls, SD

It is the night many kids have been waiting for, but not just because they get to wear their costumes.

Trick or treaters will be lining up to collect bags full of candy.  And with all the sweets comes an important question: how much candy is too much?

"I usually let them pick and choose about three or four pieces that they can have the first night. I want them to be able to go to sleep," Crystal Foster said. 

Foster is all for getting into the spirit of Halloween, but as a mother of three children, all under the age of 14, she likes to set limits. 

"I don't let them have, like it's not a free-for-all," Foster said. 

And it shouldn't be. Take it from Lauren Cornay, who is dressed to prove her point that a healthy Halloween can be fun, too. 

"Let your kid pick out their favorite candy and then donate it, give it to 'Operation Gratitude', give it to someone who will take it, have the parents take it to work. Because really, we need to get it out of the house as fast as possible," Cornay said. 

That's exactly what Foster does at her house. 

"Usually we just take it to work or we'll allow them to sort of ration out over a couple weeks and then the rest of it usually gets thrown away," Foster said. 

Because even the fun-size candy is more trick than treat. 

"Small candy bars, the miniature ones, you're looking at 40 to 50 calories. If you go to the fun size, you're looking at 90 to 100 calories. And switching to the non-chocolate ones, the Twizzlers, the Skittles, they're really no better," Cornay said. 

Dietitians also suggest eating dinner before taking part in the Halloween festivities. 

Before you take your kids out trick-or-treating, make sure that they're full of healthy foods to prevent them from over eating candy.

So before you let your child run off with that bag full of candy, try swapping some of the candy out for a healthy snack without the added sugar. 

Operation gratitude will send your child's leftover candy to our deployed troops and first responders. You can also donate your candy to some of the local dentists in Sioux Falls who will send your candy as well as a toothbrush to troops. 

Click here to find an operation gratitude drop off near you. 

Click here to find a dentist to drop your candy off at near you. 

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