Tricks About Treats for Parents

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Halloween is quickly creeping up on the Brazos Valley, but before you send your own goblins and ghouls out to satisfy their sweet tooth, health experts have some advice.

"It's a good idea to eat a well-balanced meal before you go out. That way, you're full and ready to go," St. Joseph Dietitian Lindsey Hines said. "Another tip that's helpful is don't take the giant pillowcase with you when you're trick or treating. Take a reasonable size container, and once it's full, call it a night."

Moderation is key when it comes to trick or treaters eating their bounty, so experts say parents need to keep a watchful eye on the candy stash.

"Keep the candy in the kitchen or something and set a limit with your kids, and say you can have five pieces a day or whatever feels reasonable and stick your kids to that," Hines said.

Hines says too much candy can lead to stomach aches, and excess of any type of food over time can contribute to weight gain.

Truly tricky parents can trade out the sugary sweets with several healthier alternatives.

"They do have some healthier options out there like Teddy Grahams and goldfish crackers and granola bars, things that are actually packaged for Halloween so they're in the individual packets."