LA CROSSE, WI -

Halloween is more than a week away, but that isn't stopping area children from trick-or-treating.    

Kids of all ages put on their costumes and headed to Myrick Park on Saturday for the Enchanted Forest Trick or Treat hike.

The hike is put on by Mayo Clinic Health System and Franciscan Health Care and teaches families the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

The event  also serves as a fundraiser for the Eco Park.

Organizers say the fundraiser is a great opportunity for families to celebrate Halloween while eating in moderation.

"Candy is a part of this event, but we really encourage people to eat in moderation. Really trying to focus on making sure the kids aren't sitting down and eating the whole bag at one time. So fill them up first with having a balanced meal and then if they choose a couple pieces from their candy bag, that's OK to do," said Mayo Health Clinic Supervisor Kathy Oslund.

Oslund said one way to promote healthy eating is to make dinner as a family.