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Halloween to be more than just costumes and sugar-coated treats

SPRINGFIELD The thrill of Halloween is often about the treats, but according to a Baystate Medical Center (BMC) dietitian, children can have fun with more than just candy and sugar. Nancy Anderson RD, and the Massachusetts Dietetic Association offer the following tips on how to successfully get through Halloween, the most sugar-coated holiday of the year: Hand out useful treats, such as fake tattoos or plastic spider rings, rather than candy. After trick or treating, go through your child's candy and allow them to keep only their favorite pieces in order to pare down their stash, and save on calories, fat and sugar. Make the treats last by allowing kids to pick out a few candies that night and save the rest, enabling them to incorporate treats into a healthy diet. Try other fun Halloween activities such as carving pumpkins and roasting the seeds for fiber and minerals; bobbing for apples; going for a hayride; or visiting a haunted house. "Even if you or your child turns into a sugar goblin on Halloween, remember that healthy eating habits are determined by the food choices you make day after day, and one night of poor eating will not undermine an otherwise healthy diet," Anderson, a registered dietitian at Baystate Medical Center who specializes in pediatric nutrition, said.

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