Happy And Healthy Halloween Tips

For the little ghosts and goblins in your family, Halloween is a day they likely look forward to for months. While your children dress up in fun costumes and enjoy their sweet treats, there are a few things parents can do to help ensure that your little trick-or-treater’s have a safe, happy and healthy Halloween.

1)      Serve your kids a healthy dinner or snack before heading out to trick or treat. This will not only provide them with energy to fuel their Halloween fun, but they will also be less likely to over-do it on candy.

2)      On Halloween night, rather than allowing them to graze on candy all night, allow children to select a few of their favorites and then put the rest of the candy away. Allow them to have a few pieces each day until the candy is gone. If there is more candy than your children can eat within a reasonable amount of time, consider allowing them to trade in their candy for a special treat such as a book or toy or suggest they share their candy with others such as grandparents, neighbors or the local food bank.

3)      Don’t forget to brush! Brushing and flossing teeth is important every day to keep teeth healthy, but it’s especially important after eating candy and other sweet treats.

4)      Provide opportunities for your family to get plenty of exercise to balance the extra Halloween treats. In addition to walking through the neighborhood with your children while they are trick or treating, take a trip to the park or set up a fun scavenger hunt in your yard.

5)      Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before allowing your child to eat them. It is better to be safe than sorry so toss anything that looks questionable.

6)      Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats unless you know the source well.

7)      Consider handing out healthy alternatives to candy at your house. Good options include cheese sticks, raisins or trail mix.

For a fun and healthy Halloween dinner, try this Scary Skillet Shepherds Pie.

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