NEW YORK (CNN) - For children, Halloween is one of the most exciting nights of the year, dressing up, being with friends, getting mounds of candy, but as a parent how do you monitor how children eat these treats in the days and weeks to come.
Most kids love to go trick or treating, but parents often struggle with how to let kids have fun while not going overboard on the goodies. No one wants to be a candy cop, but Halloween treats are often packed with calories and are bad for the teeth.
A child's haul from trick or treating contains about 4800 calories and has 3 cups of sugar and 1 and 1/2 cups of fat. That's the average for about 60 pieces of candy, according to an obesity expert at Loyola University.
So what should parents do? Experts say don't deprive your children of candy, but have a conversation about how much might be too much. Make sure your kids continue to eat healthy meals and save the candy for a special treat. You may need to monitor teeth brushing a bit more than usual. Sticky gooey candy can get stuck between teeth. And some sneaky parents even get rid of some of the candy after their children have gone to bed.
Halloween often is more about overindulging in sweets than moderation, so this may be a great time to talk to your children about good health habits they can carry into adulthood.