5 Ways to Have a Safe and Healthy Halloween

5 ways to have a safe healthy halloween“Trick or treat, give me something good to eat,” goes the childhood chant. But the trick for many parents is helping their children enjoy all the fun of Halloween without overdosing on handfuls of candy. 

Excess calories play a role in children’s obesity and other health issues. While sugar and candy are only part of the problem, doing what you can to limit or avoid overload is worth the effort.

Here are five ways to help your family stay healthy this Halloween:

  1. Set limits. Make sure it’s clear how much kids are allowed to eat Halloween night and each day afterward.
  2. Read ingredient labels with extra care if your child has food allergies. You can also look for treats with lower fat, calories, sugar, sodium, and trans fat.
  3. Walk it out. Use trick-or-treating as an opportunity to get some exercise. Set a goal of how many houses or streets you’ll visit.
  4. Start a “buy back” program. Let your children choose some of their favorite candies to enjoy. Then “buy” the rest of the candy in exchange for a special sleepover, toy, book, or other nonfood treat. This allows your children to enjoy some of their candy without going overboard.
  5. When your child asks for some candy, pair it with something healthy like a banana, apple, or nuts.

Spooky Season Safety
Forget ghosts and ghouls. This year, the focus is protecting your little ones from COVID-19. Follow these tips from the CDC to make trick-or-treating safer for everyone:

  • Ditch the costume masks. Wear a cloth mask as part of your costume instead.
  • Ask neighbors to put individually wrapped treats at the end of their yard. Don’t take candy directly from someone’s hand.
  • Bring hand sanitizer with you to use after visiting each house.
  • Show off costumes from a distance. Stay at least 6 feet away from other people.

Combating Childhood Obesity
Do you have concerns about your child’s weight? Reach out and schedule an appointment with one of our pediatricians. He or she can make sure your child’s development is on track and offer tips for keeping off extra pounds during the holidays.