What's in your bucket? Sugary sweets or healthy treats

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A North Dakota woman is making national news for replacing Halloween candy with a letter this year.

The letter talks about the obesity problem in the country and encourages parents to think twice before allowing their overweight children to indulge in the tasty Halloween tradition.

Region 8 News asked community members Wednesday what their preference would be: sugary sweets or healthy treats.

For the most part, the traditional sugary goodness is here to stay.

"I'm giving out Tootsie Rolls, M&M's," Jonesboro resident Demetra Swindle said.

"Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Tootsie Rolls, Lucky Charms," Osceola resident Albert Boyd said.

"I don't think kids really enjoy getting the healthy stuff for Halloween. It's always candy," Jonesboro resident Bryan Bailey said.

But for one local mom, this year is not about the candy.

"I'm actually doing fruit snacks instead of candy this year because it's individually wrapped and I feel safer giving out healthier snacks to kids because obesity is a problem," Jonesboro resident Deanna Turner said.

Turner said her nine-year-old son is not complaining.

"He likes fruit snacks over candy any way. If he chooses, he'll choose fruits and sometimes chocolate, but for the most part, he eats pretty healthy," Turner said.

She said she trusts him enough to decide for himself how much candy he eats on Halloween.

"Usually, what he does is pig out the first night and then I end up throwing about three-fourths of it away," Turner said.

The community is split on a healthier Halloween.

"I think it's a smart idea. People should cut out the candy and the sweets," Swindle said.

"I'm opposed to that because I'm a plump man myself and there ain't nothing wrong with being obese. Just keep it contained and keep it level because you see, I'm good looking as you can see," Boyd said.

"I've always been a fan of candy. I always look forward to Halloween for when I was a kid getting all the candy and stuff. I'm gonna be a candy guy," Bailey said.

However, they all could agree on something: moderation is key.

"Don't stuff yourself with it. Just get a couple of pieces here and a couple of pieces there. Try to spread it out," Boyd said.

"We try to watch and pick better choices as far as our food intake. It's personal preference," Turner said.

No matter your personal preference this Halloween, make sure to check your candy before you enjoy it.

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