Halloween night is a fun, festive holiday that kids love, but for parents, the holiday can be a different type of scary. Ill-fitting costumes and sharp props can cause injuries, candle-lit jack-o-lanterns pose a fire hazard, and above all, there is an increased risk of car accidents. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, “twice as many child pedestrians are killed while walking on Halloween, compared to other days of the year.” Let’s take the necessary precautions to avoid this scary statistic!
Review these helpful Halloween safety guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics(AAP) to ensure a fun and safe night out on the trick-or-treat trail!
And then there’s the candy! It’s no secret that sugar is bad for us and our kids, but moderation is key to avoid sending our bodies into a tailspin. The more sugar packed candies we can replace with healthier options the better.
As you’re planning your halloween trick or treat hand outs, try mixing in some healthier alternatives. There are tons of all-fruit options available now that are still tasty without all of the junk that comes in your typical candy. You may also consider mixing in some toys or other non-candy options for some lasting fun that doesn’t make you or your kids sick. The less candy you buy the less candy that will be left over that you will of course be obligated to eat.