8 Tips for a Healthy Halloween

Halloween is an exciting evening for children of all ages. Before you head out with your little ghosts and goblins, consider these safety precautions.

  1. Choose or make a well-fitting costume. Note the length for walking ease and if the fabric is flame-resistant. Also make sure your child wears comfortable shoes.
  2. Use nontoxic makeup for face decorating. Test some of the makeup in a small area beforehand to ensure it doesn't cause an allergic reaction. If your child's costume requires a mask, be sure the eye holes don't obstruct your child's vision.
  3. Fasten reflective tape to your child's costume and bags. This ensures drivers and other trick-or-treaters can see you. Consider carrying a flashlight for more visibility.
  4. Make sure costume accessories are soft and flexible. Avoid carrying objects with sharp points.
  5. Don't go trick-or-treating alone. Children should stay in a group with a trusted adult. Take a head count at the end of every block.
  6. Walk on sidewalks. Never walk down the middle of a street. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic on the far side of a street instead.
  7. Set a designated meeting time. If your child is going out with another trusted adult, set a designated meeting time and area, or make sure you have a curfew in place.
  8. Check the candy. Before letting your child consume any of their goodies, be sure all wrappers are intact. Only eat handmade treats from people you know.

Lighten the Sugar Load

Try these snack alternatives for a healthier Halloween:

  • Raisins. Consider offering small boxes of raisins instead of traditional candy.
  • Fruit snacks. Although they still have sugar, many contain valuable vitamin C.
  • Gum. Sugar-free gum can be a sweet treat without the sugar.
  • Granola bars. These are a healthier alternative to candy bars, and they often contain protein, vitamins and minerals.
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