Halloween can be a scary time not only for kids but also their parents, admittedly for different reasons.

As parents, it’s difficult to set limits on how much candy our children eat when they come home from trick-or-treating with literally a bucket full of chocolate, licorice and lollipops.

Yet we all know it’s important to manage our kids’ sugar consumption, both for their health and to avoid the meltdowns that follow when young children crash after a sugar rush.

However, parents can relax knowing that a night of eating Halloween candy by the handful won’t impact our kids’ overall wellness, says Nicole Tramp, a registered dietitian and Iowa State University dietitian internship instructor.

“It’s really not this one day that’s affecting their health. It’s what you do...