Kids love Halloween – dressing up, going to parties and, of course, eating yummy treats. But parents need to keep some guidelines in mind to make sure the day is full of treats, not tricks. Use these tips to make the festivities SAFE and HEALTHY.
Swords, knives and other costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.
Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
Hand out some healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and drinks. For party guests, offer a variety of fruits and vegetables.
Exercise can be part of the fun. Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.
Avoid walking areas and stairs that aren’t well-lit and free of obstacles that could cause someone to fall.
Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible.
Test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
Yes, a little candy is OK, but limit the sweet treats beyond the holiday.
For more ideas on safe, healthy Halloween fun, check out these pages:
- Nutrition Tips for a Healthy Halloween
- How to Have a Heart-Healthy Halloween
- Halloween the Healthy Way