On October 31st\u00a0little ghosts, goblins, princesses, and creatures of all kind will once again march from one house to the next in search of sugary treats. Halloween can be scary, especially when it comes to the amount of calories and sugar consumed.\u00a0Dr. Dyan Hes, Medical Director at Gramercy Pediatrics and Childhood Obesity Expert offers parents advice on how to have a Healthier Halloween. \u201cWhile taking away the candy seems like the obvious fix, it\u2019s easier said than done,\u201d says Dr. Hes. \u201cNo one wants to be the mean parent and kids won\u2019t want to give up their sweets that easily. While I don\u2019t condone binging on candy, I also don\u2019t recommend taking all of it away. Instead, parents should place limits on how much my kids are allowed to eat at any given time.\u201d Dr. Hes offers some tried and true tips to help make Halloween a bit healthier for your little monsters: 1.\u00a0Don\u2019t Trick or Treat on an Empty Stomach \u00a0\u201cFeed your kids an early dinner before they head out,\u201d says Dr. Hes. \u201cI live in an apartment building in New York City, which enables my kids to trick or treat at more than forty households in less than an hour! A full belly will make them less likely to gorge on candy bars and lollipops as they make their way around.\u201d\u00a0 It\u2019s also a good idea to carry some water with you to wash down all those sugary sweets they will eat along the way. 2. Pile it Up\u00a0 After a successful trick or treat, kids usually love to dump their candy all over to see how much they were able to accumulate. Dr. Hes recommends taking this opportunity to sort the candy into piles \u2013 one pile they like and another they don\u2019t. Take all of the castaways, put them in a bag and bring the bag to your office.\u00a0 Getting it out of the house gives the entire family a greater chance at maintaining a healthy diet. 3. Lead by Example\u00a0 Instead of filling the basket by the front door with sugary confections, trade them in for healthier treats that kids will still enjoy. Dr. Hes suggests organic fruit snacks, organic safety lollipops, or even loose change!\u00a0 Kids love getting a few cents in their bags. 4. Get Moving Halloween trick or treating is the perfect family outing. Instead of chauffeuring the kids around the neighborhood, encourage them to walk. They can even make a game out of it by using pedometers or activity monitors to track their movement and compete with their friends or siblings to see who took the most steps. \u201cSmall steps like taking the stairs instead of the elevator can also make a world of difference in getting them to be more active,\u201d says Dr. Hes. 5. Shift Focus\u00a0 Ingrain in your kids that Halloween is not only about the candy. Focus on other activities and crafts making a Halloween costume or pumpkin carving. (Don\u2019t forget to bake the pumpkin seeds as a healthy snack!)\u00a0 Kids love to decorate the house or the front door with spooky decorations.\u00a0 Let them make homemade decorations instead of buying them. Use cotton to make spider webs or pipe cleaners.\u00a0 All fun should be had in costume, of course! About Dr. Dyan Hes Dr. Dyan Hes, recently named a\u00a02013 top doctor by\u00a0NEW YORK\u00a0magazine,\u00a0is the Medical Director of\u00a0Gramercy Pediatrics\u00a0in New York City and sits on the board of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Dr. Hes is double boarded in both pediatrics and obesity medicine. She completed her residency in Social Pediatrics at New York\u2019s Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center. She currently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Prior to founding Gramercy Pediatrics, Dr. Hes maintained a large primary care practice for ten years within Park Slope Pediatrics in Brooklyn. In addition, she developed and was the Director of the Pediatric Weight Management Program at New York Methodist Hospital. In conjunction with the Park Slope YMCA, Dr. Hes created the Be Fit program for overweight children, which has served as a successful model of collaboration between hospitals and community centers. An active advocate for pediatric and adolescent nutrition and weight management, Dr. Hes was honored by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz for her efforts to combat obesity among Brooklyn youth. In 2006, she served as an Expert Witness at the NYC Department of Health Hearing to Ban Trans Fat in Restaurant Food. Currently, Dr. Hes is a pediatrician serving as a Director of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Dr. Hes practices both primary care and obesity medicine.\u00a0 She was named one of New York\u2019s Top Doctors of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 by Castle and Connolly.