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How to stay healthy during Halloween

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Holidays are not usually when we're eating the healthiest of foods. Halloween is no exception.

It's a package deal. You dress up.

"I'm going to be a ninja," said one boy.

"Spiderman," shouted another.

Another boy chimed in, "I'm gonna be a football player."

"I'm gonna be an X-ray skeleton," declared another boy.

You get treats.

I asked the class at Escuelita Del Alma, "You go trick or treating?"

"Yea," they answered in unison.

I asked, "You guys have a favorite candy?"

"Lollipops," shouted a group.

"Starburst," said a boy.

"Chocolate," said a little girl.

Halloween is a lot of fun, but it's not the healthiest day of the year. In fact, some new research on eating trends shows almost every child in America will have candy on Halloween.

One little boy said, "I like every candy."

I asked, "Do you get to eat it all?"

"Yea," said one child.

"No," answered the rest of the group.

A different boy explained, "We have to save some."

Most of the kids we found are limited to one, maybe three pieces of candy on Halloween, but does the same rule apply to mom and dad?

"If I see something that, yea, okay, I'll have this candy. It's not really an issue for me, it is for them," said mother, Alma De La Cruz.

Another parent, Daisy Vasquez, said, "I don't really like chocolate."

Consumer market statistics show about four percent of all candy consumed in this country happens on Halloween.

"I try to give all these candies to my friends and brothers and sisters, give it away," admitted Vasquez.

De La Cruz added, "They get all hyper about it, so we try to limit as much as we can."

I asked the kids, "...What happens to the rest of the candy?"

"We save it," said a boy.

Another boy explained, "You might get sick."

"Your stomach might hurt," said another child.

Honestly, though, is this really going to stop you?

"As long as I'm away they will be eating the candy," said De La Cruz.

A lot of the fun-sized candy bars pack 60 to 100 calories each.

Experts say there is a way to enjoy the Halloween candy without being haunted by extra pounds--portion control.

Divvy up your sweet treats into 100-calorie portions and only allow yourself that amount each day.

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