Boo, Im back…5 Halloween Health and Safety Tips

Wow, what a whirlwind this past month has been! I got married and went on my honeymoon. Sorry for the lack of posts, I promise I will be more consistent now that I am back. I had the best month of my life with my new HUSBAND. After a long year of planning, organizing and sorting out small details, our wedding day quickly approached. The week before the wedding was the most stressful point in the process. We should have rented out a room at the King of Prussia Mall considering all the time we spent grabbing last minute items. Luckily, on the day of the wedding, I felt completely prepared and tried to enjoy and soak up every minute. I will get into more wedding tips and tricks in later posts, especially once I have pictures to show. I have some great wellness posts coming this week so stay tuned!

Since it is Halloween today, I figured would mention some healthy Halloween tips and reminders.

  1. I know you have heard this a million times…check through every piece of candy as soon as you arrive home. Look for loose or suspicious packaging or taped wrappers. If any house gives your child food that was not wrapped, throw it out. Look for small holes, as tiny as a needle.
  2. Avoid visiting neighborhoods that are not familiar to you and your family. If you live in a small neighborhood or a busy street, plan ahead to go to a family member or friend’s neighborhood. Always bring a flashlight and avoid having your child in an all black outfit.
  3. Halloween is a great time to reiterate the importance of “please and thank you.” Encourage your children to ask for candy and to say thank you, if they refuse, they may not receive a piece. This small lesson will go a long way. Part of being well is being grateful for what you are given.
  4. I personally feel Halloween is one of those “free passes” for middle age children. If your child is old enough to manage their own candy supply, then let them. If they know they can have “one piece” every day, then we are building their sugar dependency over months. Allowing your child to freely manage their candy will most likely end up in them becoming disinterested after a few weeks and leaving the candy they don’t love in the bag. If you have a younger child, of course manage their intake how you feel best.
  5. Choking on hard candy is one of the leading causes of choking deaths in children ages 0-14. Educate your older children about the hazard of large, hard candy (lollipops, jaw breakers, lemonheads). Explain they can have one candy at a time and must not be running, jumping or playing while eating. For the younger kids, I encourage you to pull those hard round candies from their bags before they notice! For the tiny tots, candy that melts (chocolate) is the safest treat.

Have fun and be safe!

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