Halloween doesn’t have to be gorge-fest to be fun



CHICAGO (AP) — For most kids, Halloween wouldn’t be fun without candy. But health experts say there are other ways to keep trick-or-treating from turning into a gorge-fest.

The president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry says to let your kids have candy — but with some limitations.

Offering dark chocolate instead of chewy candies, or toys in exchange for Halloween loot can keep things festive. Some studies suggest dark chocolate is heart-healthy, and chewy candies can stick to teeth and promote cavities.

But 12-year-old Cole Robbins of Chicago warns not to go overboard on restrictions. He says that’s the one day of the year kids just kind of break out and overload on candy.