- Reach an agreement. Set a plan with your child prior to trick-or-treating.* Maybe you’ll let him or her indulge Halloween night and that is enough, or decide to spread it over time and let them have one to two pieces a day in place of dessert or a sweet treat that’s usually in their lunch.
- Set a time limit. While the door-to-door festivities usually start before dark and end into the night, consider setting a timeframe of how long to be out. In general, the longer kids are out, the greater the amount of candy that comes home. Trick-or-treat for an hour and end the night with friends or siblings playing Halloween-themed games or trading treats.
- The smaller the container, the better. Pillow cases may be easy to grab, but they can become a bottomless pit of empty calories. A jack-o'-lantern basket is the perfect size for a reasonable amount of candy and can double as a fun decoration around the house.
- Out of sight, out of mind. Depending on your child’s age, decide where the candy will be stored for an occasional treat. Treats are less tempting when they’re in a kitchen cabinet rather than a bedroom or on the counter.
*If you have a child with food allergies, talk specifically about the hazards of snacking when out trick-or-treating. Closely monitor all treats for possible allergies prior to eating. Most candy is not properly labeled. When in doubt, throw it out!