Fuel Up: Serve a healthy and balanced meal before the kids head out for trick-or treating so they’re not ravenous candy monsters.
Pep talk. Sometime before they head out. Remind them to have fun but keep in mind that candy does not have much nutritional value, it’s not good for our health and too much can make you sick.
Let them enjoy the night’s goods! Yep, you heard that right. Let them eat as much candy as they want Halloween night. Trying to regulate their intake 1.) takes the fun out of the evening and 2.) trying to regulate a candy monster on Halloween night will cause them to feel the need to sneak candy or over-indulge when you're not around. Letting the candy monster be in control encourages moderation and teaches them to self-regulate. All good things, right?
Sort the treats. Have them make a pile of their favorite treats and those that are just “okay”. Let them save the good stuff in a special place for times they would like a treat then talk to them about donating the “just okay” candy to those in need. There are several organizations such as Ronald McDonald House Charities and Operation Gratitude that will accept extra halloween candy. If your kids don’t like this idea then offer to switch out the mediocore candy for a new “small” toy/item them have been wanting.
Don’t micro-manage the good stuff. Let them decide when they feel the need for a treat. Letting them handle their own candy stash takes the power away from the candy and builds their confidence that they can manage it in a healthy way.
Lead by Example: Set a good example by choosing healthy foods and snacks and staying active yourself.