Normally, when we think of Halloween, we don’t tend to think of this time of year being particularly safe or healthy, but despite the possible dangers of trick or treating and the endless amounts of candy given out, we’re offering up some tips to keep your kiddos safe and be a little healthier by offering alternatives to candy. If you’re adamant about the healthy part, spread the word to your neighbors and share some healthy alternatives to candy with them.
Have an adult supervise the trick or treating or, if kids are older, make sure they’re traveling in groups and use the buddy system
Map out a trick or treating route ahead of time before it gets dark out
Decide on a time when your kids will start and finish trick or treating
Bring a flashlight and watch or phone to tell the time
Use sidewalks and crosswalks whenever possible
Use reflective tape on dark costumes to make sure drivers see you
Make sure costumes are comfortable and appropriate for the weather
Never enter homes and only visit well-lit houses
Have a parent or adult check through all candy before it is eaten
Dispose of anything that is homemade, missing a wrapper, looks like it has been tampered with, or that your child does not like
Make sure kids have a clear pathway to your house that is free from candles and anything that kids might trip over, if you’re offering candy.
Offer alternatives to candy like juice boxes, packaged snacks like animal crackers, mini boxes of cereal, or even stickers, small toys, or toothbrushes.
Monitor candy amounts eaten and tooth brushing habits the night of and until candy is gone
We hope these tips offer you a safe and health(ier) Halloween with your kids this year. Comment and let us know the things you do to make sure your kids stay safe and healthy during this fun and exciting time of year! Also, don’t forget to check out our Halloween notebooks which are on sale through the end of this month.