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Halloween treats with a healthy spin

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Halloween is typically known as a holiday for young trick-or-treaters to stock up on a giant pillowcase full of candy. But some health professionals are suggesting a healthier spin on tradition.

While Kate Yerxa of the UMaine Cooperative Extension says there's room for all food groups in moderation, not everyone has to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters.  Bubble, pencils, or temporary tattoos are healthy alternatives.  If you prefer to hand out food though, Yerxa says it is possible to add candy to a healthier option.

"If you're interested in providing food, how about seeds like pumpkin seeds, or sunflower seeds," Yerxa said. "You could mix that maybe with some M&M's, or make your own trail mix. So they are getting a healthier option, but they are going to get a little chocolate as well."

Yerxa also says this time of year is the beginning of a downward spiral of overeating. In order to prevent gaining those extra pounds, keep the whole family active and moving.