Parents: What to do with all that Halloween candy?

  • Elizabeth Frantz

Published: 10/31/2018 9:32:44 AM


What to do with all that Halloween candy?

“Unfortunately, no candy is good. But kids are allowed to be kids. So enjoy it that night and then just get rid of it,” says Dr. Geri Kleinman, a dentist at Clayton and Canby Dental in Northampton. 

Trade the candy for something your child would enjoy, such as a trip to A2Z for a fun toy, she says.

Ahead of time, stress the importance of costumes and seeing friends instead of the amount of candy they’ll get. And when trick-or-treating, “I suggest that you stick to ‘healthier candy,’ in quotes,” she continued, noting that “dark chocolate is better than milk chocolate because there’s less sugar. A ‘no no’ is any sour candies, like gummy candy.”

If you stop by Dr. Kleinman’s house on Halloween night don’t expect to receive a Hershey’s bar or a Kit-Kat.

“FYI, I give out toothbrushes at my house for Halloween. You would think the kids wouldn’t like it, but they’ve come to expect it,” she said.      – Andy Castillo,

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