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Making your trick-or-treats healthier

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MADISON (WKOW) -- From costumes to candy there is a lot of fun to be had at Halloween, but if you're worried about your little ghouls and goblins getting a sugar high this week, we have some healthier options for you.

Dietitian Krista Kohls and Dr. Carleen Hanson with Meriter Hospital joined Wake Up Wisconsin to talk about replacing or eliminating some of the sugar in favorite treats. They say it's important to let kids enjoy the holiday and have a treat, but you can do it in a more healthful way with little swaps they won't notice.

Kohls made ghost pops by covering a banana on a stick with flavored greek yogurt, then freezing it.  Don't forget to put a cute face, she says.  This can also be made with white chocolate for a slightly more indulgent treat.

Another kid favorite, vampire apple teeth.  Kohls says they're easy to make, just slice an apple to make room for marshmallow teeth.  A great way to get kids to eat their veggies, is a pumpkin platter.  Use broccoli for the stem and carrots for your pumpkin.

Hanson says another way to make your Halloween healthier is to trade in your candy at the upcoming Meriter "Candy Trade-In Party" it's the Saturday after Halloween at the West Washington Clinic. The event runs from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Kids can trade-in their extra Halloween candy for a fun, healthy treat – as well as drawing entries for fabulous prizes geared towards active lifestyles!

The more candy you bring in, the more entries you get.  Donated candy will be sent to U.S. troops through Operation Gratitude.  Click here for more information.

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