Trick or treat, give me something good to eat! OK, kids probably won’t be asking for healthy goodies on Halloween, so clinical nutritionists at Children’s Medical Center recommend these tips to help keep your kids (and your neighbor’s kids too) from overdoing it:
Candy Tips and Safety
- Don’t send children out on an empty stomach. A healthy dinner can keep kids from chowing down on candy later.
- Offer packages of trail mix, dried fruit, or granola bars to trick-or-treaters instead of candy.
- Start a neighborhood contest to see who has the best-decorated house. A tradition that focuses on other activities means candy takes second place.
- Inspect all goodies before allowing children to eat them.
Be Safe. Be Seen.
“Halloween can be a fun but also dangerous time of the year for many children,” said Kristen Beckworth, Injury Prevention program coordinator. “Children are four times more likely to be injured or killed while walking on Halloween than any other time of the year. We work to prevent pedestrian injuries throughout the year, but especially during Halloween – we want children to be safe and to be seen.”
Here are safety tips to keep those little goblins and ghosts safe:
- Make it short and snug. Baggy sleeves and long capes and skirts can cause kids to trip and can catch fire if they brush up against a jack-o-lantern.
- Make sure their shoes fit. Big floppy shoes that are hard to walk in may cause kids to fall.
- Make sure props are flexible. Costume props can hurt kids badly if they fall. Props should be made of plastic or rubber.
- Make sure the eye holes in their masks are wide enough. Better yet, paint their face using kid-friendly glow-in-the dark face paint.
- Be creative and attach some retroreflective tape or stickers on your kid’s costume, so drivers can see them in the dark. Having kids carry a flashlight or wear glow-in-the dark bracelets work just as well.
- Don’t allow kids under 13 to walk alone. Make sure to trick-or-treat in groups with adequate adult-to-child ratio.
- Have kids older than 13 go with buddies.
- Teach your kids to look left, right and left again before crossing at street corners. Don’t let your kids cross between parked cars.