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Halloween a time for fun, safety, and smart snacking

By SPENCER DAVIDSON

(WKTV) - With Halloween finally upon us, doctors are warning parents about the risk factors that go along when their children get their treats.

It was said that one bag of Halloween candy from a night of trick-or-treating can pack up to 5,000 calories, which is more than twice the amount that an average adult consumes in a day.

Adults typically consume between 1,800-2,000 calories a day according to experts, and just one bag of candy can equate to all that and more.

Dentists advised to watch out for sticky candy such as taffy, and others, due to the fact that the sugar can get caught in the grooves of your teeth, and just sit there, rotting away.

A friendly tip from doctors nationwide is to set a limit for kids, only allowing them to consume 2 pieces of candy a day, to prevent to much sugar intake.

They also provided advice for what type of treats to hand out when October 31st rolls around next year.

"Raisins, dried fruit, etc.," said pediatrician Dr. Josephine Dlugopolski. "You could also give them something that's not food-related either, kids love the tattoos."

Temporary tattoos of course.

So wherever you may be going on this holiday of spooks, be safe, and snack smart.

Happy Halloween!

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