Why Experts Say You Should Let Your Kids Just Enjoy All The Candy They Can Eat This Halloween

When you're a parent, Halloween candy takes on a whole new meaning and many parents find trick-or-treating a major concern. First off, there are safety issues revolving around stranger danger and crossing busy streets. It's a sad fact that the risk of children getting hit by a car doubles on Halloween, so chaperoning and wearing brightly colored costumes is something parents can agree on (via Safe Kids).

The safety of the candy that is collected is always a concern. Of course, all candy needs to be inspected by an adult and any items that are opened have holes or tears, or look tampered with should be promptly discarded, per the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

Yet another concern that has parents on opposing sides involves eating candy. Some parents are worried about their children eating too much at once while other parents don't want their kids to consume sugar at all. Yet some experts are advising parents to lighten up when it comes to Halloween and with good reason.

Eating candy can help prevent future sugar hang-ups

It's human nature to want what you can't have and that holds true for kids and candy on Halloween. As parenting coach Oona Hanson explained to CNN, "The forbidden Twix tastes the sweetest." Hanson pointed out that banning food groups can result in a poor relationship with food and cause lifelong food issues that can result in eating disorders.

Registered dietitian nutritionist Natalie Mokari agreed, saying that, although kids may scarf down Snickers and Reese's Pieces on Halloween, they won't be doing that every day. As long as a child's daily nutrition is healthy and includes all major food groups, Halloween shouldn't be a worry.

"I generally will tell families most people can eat whatever they want in one day, and that's not going to really harm their health in the long run," pediatrician Dr. Ben Levinson told USA Today. "If we continue eating large amounts of sugar day-after-day, that's when things are going to add up and really affect us in a negative way."

Mokari may sum it up best. "They are only in that age where they want to trick or treat for just a small glimpse of time — it's so short-lived," she said. "Let them enjoy that day."

If you need help with an eating disorder, or know someone who is, help is available. Visit the National Eating Disorders Association website or contact NEDA's Live Helpline at 1-800-931-2237. You can also receive 24/7 Crisis Support via text (send NEDA to 741-741).