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Fun Tips for a Healthier Halloween

By Celi Merchant on 10/31/2014 | GOTR Picks

Trick-or-treating is a fun-filled tradition for many kids. It can also be an exciting way to get the recommended 60-minutes of daily physical activity! To make for the best Halloween possible, here are some creative ideas for health and safety.

Have you heard about the Teal Pumpkin Project?

This Halloween, many people will be participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project. If you see a teal painted pumpkin or a sign with a teal pumpkin, it means that home is offering non-candy treats. This project was designed to make the Halloween safer for kids with allergies. If you’re passing out treats, pick up some glow sticks, spider rings or other fun items to make the holiday more fun for all kids! Learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project.

If you’re passing out treats, pick up some glow sticks, spider rings or other fun items to give kids with allergies or dietary restrictions more options! 

Healthy snacks (that are just as fun as candy)

We love sweet treats! But filling up on candy is a recipe for belly aches and sugar crashes. You can still get in the Halloween spirit with some fun, healthier alternatives. 

Several GOTR coaches have added a little holiday fun to their team snacks by bringing Jack-O-Lantern clementines to practice! Some people draw the Jack-O-Lantern faces onto the clementines (as shown above). If so, you may want to use food-safe markers. One mom uses black or colored sticker sheets to avoid markers completely. 

For some cute (and some creepy) non-candy Halloween snack ideas, check out this list. There are plenty of easy and tasty options for your family.

Safety Tips

It’s always important to remember the tried-and-true safety tips that will help keep your little trick-or-treaters safe!

  • Wear reflective tape on costumes and/or hold a flashlight so that others, especially drivers, can see you. And being visible doesn’t mean you can’t be creative. Make the tape a prominent part of your child’s costume, such as shiny highlights on fairy wings or glowing stripes on storm trooper gear.

  • Do not accept homemade treats from strangers. Only eat commercially wrapped candy, and be sure to check for tampering before consuming. 

  • Stay on sidewalks and use crosswalks. Be sure to watch for traffic when crossing or walking along a street. Try making it a game with your child not to step off the pavement or crosswalk. 

  • Wear well-fitting costumes that allow you to see and walk without difficulty. 

  • Kids should never enter the homes or vehicles of strangers without a trusted adult. 

You can find other helpful safety tips on the CDC’s website.

What other fun ideas do you employ to make Halloween a safe and healthy festivity? Share a comment or post your tips today to our Facebook page.

 

Celi Merchant

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