Trick or Treat: Your Guide to Halloween Health & Safety | Rocky Mountain Health Plans Blog

Trick or Treat: Your Guide to Halloween Health & Safety | Rocky Mountain Health Plans Blog

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Tips for a Safe and Healthy Halloween

Before your kids say their first, “trick or treat,” read up on some Halloween-specific health and safety tips. These tips and ideas will make sure everyone has a safe and healthy celebration.

Make healthier, homemade snacks

Candy might be the highlight of Halloween, but there are still ways to sneak in healthier treats that aren’t loaded with excessive amounts of sugar. Preparing a healthy dinner before the festivities begin is an ideal way to avoid overindulging later on in the evening.

On this quick list of (Not Too) Scary Halloween Snacks, you’ll find recipes for treats like Boo-ti-ful Banana Ghosts and Vampire Stakes. Then, there are these 3 Healthier (But Still Delicious!) Halloween Treats you can make with your kids.

Have fun making colorful costumes

To make sure your trick or treater is visible at night, opt for bright costumes that can be seen easily, and don’t forget headlamps. If your child’s chosen costume isn’t highly visible, adding reflective tape or light-up accessories are great alternatives. Even consider giving your child a flashlight and add glow-in-the-dark safety bracelets.

Skip the masks

Masks can obstruct a child’s vision, and it’s easy for kids to get caught up in the fun of Halloween before looking both ways to cross the street. Non-toxic face paint is an ideal alternative. It’s also just as important for your kids to have well-fitting costumes. Pin up loose hanging items that kids can trip over or that others can step on and cause falls.

Use the buddy system and set trick or treating ground rules

For children younger than 12, it’s best to have an adult accompany the group. For an extra measure of safety, consider writing down your name, address, and phone number, then put the information inside a jacket pocket or pin it to the costume.

If your child is trick or treating without you, don’t forget to make a game plan ahead of time by setting ground rules for the route they’ll follow and establish a curfew. This is also a good time to talk about general safety rules such as:

  • Stay with the group
  • Only walk on the sidewalk
  • Use designated crosswalk’s to cross the street
  • Only approach brightly lit homes,=
  • Never go inside a stranger’s home or in their car
  • Don’t start eating candy until a parent or caretaker has inspected it

Always inspect candy before eating

Parents should do a thorough check of any candy collected from the evening. Look for any of the following items and discard them as needed:

  • Torn packages
  • Homemade/baked goods (should be thrown out unless you personally know the individual handing them out)
  • Pinholes in wrappers
  • Spoiled or unwrapped candy
  • Discolored or unusual items

Also keep an eye out for possible allergens if your child has food allergies or sensitivities. Sometimes, hard candies are processed in facilities that also process nuts, milk, soy, wheat, eggs, and other allergens.

Ration out the candy haul

Once you’re sure the treats are safe, consider rationing candy. Propose a swap for healthier items such as a new book, toy, or even favorite meal and going out to eat.

No need to worry about all of that extra candy going to waste, there are several ways to donate Halloween candy to groups who will put it to good use. Some dentists will even “buy back” candy in exchange for toothbrushes or coupons, and these programs are an awesome way to teach your child more about dental health.

Hometown Halloween Safety

For those that want to add an extra layer of safety for the whole family this Halloween, check out a couple of local events put on by organizations like the Grand Junction Police Department.

Fruita Truck-N-Treat
Saturday, Oct. 27
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Civic Center Park

Trick or Treat Street
Saturday, Oct. 27
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Main Street in Fruita

Trick or Treat Street
Wednesday, Oct. 30
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Grand Junction City Hall Building, Police Department & Fire Department

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