For health-conscious parents, Halloween can be tricky. Do you set limits? Do you let kids decide how much to eat? There isn't just one right answer. Instead, use your best judgment based on your child's personality and eating habits. Kids who generally eat just a couple of pieces and save the rest might be trusted to decide how much to eat. But if your child tends to overdo it, consider setting limits. Here are some more tips for handling the Halloween treats: Before kids go trick-or-treating, try to serve a healthy meal so they're not hungry when the candy starts coming in. Know how much candy your child has collected and don't store it in his or her bedroom. Having it so handy can be an irresistible temptation for many kids. Consider being somewhat lenient about candy eating on Halloween, within reason, and talk about how the rest of the candy will be handled. Candy and snacks shouldn't get in the way of kids eating healthy meals. If a child is overweight — or you'd just like to reduce the Halloween stash — consider buying back some or all of the remaining Halloween candy. This acknowledges the candy belongs to the child and provides a treat in the form of a little spending money. Be a role model by eating Halloween candy in moderation yourself. To help avoid temptation, buy your candy at the last minute and get rid of any leftovers. Encourage your kids to be mindful of the amount of candy and snacks eaten — and to stop before they feel full or sick. You also can offer some alternatives to candy to the trick-or-treaters who come to your door. Here are some treats you might give out: non-food treats, like stickers, toys, temporary tattoos, false teeth, little bottles of bubbles and small games, like tiny decks of cards (party-supply stores can be great sources for these) snacks such as small bags of pretzels, sugar-free gum, trail mix, small boxes of raisins, and popcorn sugar-free candy small boxes of cereal Steer clear of any snacks or toys — like small plastic objects — that could pose choking hazards to very young children. And remember that Halloween, like other holidays, is a single day on the calendar. If your family eats sensibly during the rest of the year, it will have a more lasting impact than a few days of overindulgence. Back to Articles Related Articles 10 Tips for a Safe Halloween This Year 2020…the year of cancellations. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, can we have Halloween? Read More Playing It Safe on Halloween On the spookiest night of the year, have fun and stay safe. Find out how in this article for kids. Read More Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor. © 1995-2021 KidsHealth®. All rights reserved. Images provided by The Nemours Foundation, iStock, Getty Images, Veer, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com.