Halloween is just around the corner – not much is more exciting to kids this time of year than the fun of dressing up and the promise of a bag full of goodies at the end of the night!
Parents can have a lot of fun on this festive holiday, too, but we also have a few more serious matters to consider. Following are some health and safety considerations to keep in mind as you and your kiddos enjoy the evening.
A Healthier Halloween
When it comes to the Halloween treats typically given out, no other time of year promises quite as many chemical-laden, sugary snacks in your kids’ eager hands. At the end of the night, keep the candy stash in an out-of-sight, out-of-reach place and limit the treats to just a couple at a time. They’ll protest – but you won’t have a scary sugar crash on your hands and it’s all part of keeping them healthy.
You can also choose to give out healthier options from your own home. Here are a few ideas:
- Small trinkets and toys like bouncy balls and other inexpensive toys. This is what we do!
- More natural candy options like those made without artificial dyes or sweeteners, like YumEarth Naturals Sour Candy! It’s still candy, but it’s a bit easier on the body than some of the regular options.
- Carbonated juice – kids feel like they’re getting a soda, but it’s actually pretty healthy!
- Stickers, small containers of play-doh, and other fun art supplies
You see? You don’t have to be “that parent” and give out dental floss to encourage healthier choices at Halloween!
Halloween Safety Tips
Lastly, it goes without saying to follow some safety tips at Halloween. It’s sad that it even needs to be considered, but that’s the world we live in. The CDC recommends the following guidelines:
- Don’t trick or treat alone – stay in groups with adult supervision at all times.
- Wear light colored costumes, wear reflective tape, or carry a flashlight to help drivers see you.
- Inspect all treats for tampering before enjoying.
- Test costume makeup in a small area of the skin before applying to avoid irritation.
- Keep regular traffic safety rules in mind! Look both ways before crossing the street.
- Be wary of candles, especially when wearing a loose fitting costume.
- Avoid dark houses and yards – trick or treat only at houses that are well-lit.
Enjoy yourselves! As a parent, will you be joining in on the fun of dressing up or do you take your kids trick or treating “as yourself?” My job is always to man the door and enjoy the parade.
May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!