Tips for a Safe, Healthy Halloween

by Paula Detwiller

Halloween can be nerve-wracking enough for parents without having to deal with accidents, tummy aches, or—heaven forbid—lost children. Here are some tips, tricks, and gentle reminders to make sure you and your kids have a carefree, healthy Halloween.

Safe dress. Make sure costumes can’t drag on the ground or get tangled up between your child’s legs. For little kids, masks aren’t a good idea; use makeup instead, and be sure to remove it before bedtime to avoid skin and eye irritation. Always test costume props such as toy guns, swords, or knives to make sure they can’t hurt anyone.

Safe trick-or-treating. Of course you’ll want to escort younger children from house to house, or be sure a responsible adult is doing it for you. Carry a flashlight after dark. To make the kids more visible to drivers, have them wear glow necklaces, or fasten reflective tape to their costumes or treat bags. Impress upon older kids who trick or treat with friends never to go inside someone’s house.

Safe home. Be mindful of placing lit jack-o’-lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, stairs, and curtains. Never leave candles unattended. And beware of potential burglars disguised as trick-or-treaters; don’t let a costumed person into your house unless you know them.

Healthy treats. This may seem like a contradiction in terms, but it doesn’t have to be! Rather than candy bars, why not offer snack-sized boxes of raisins or dried cranberries? How about mini granola bars? Or individually wrapped fruit leather? You might also check your local health food store for organic, gluten-free, natural-sugar candy and snacks from companies such as Yummy Earth, Surf Sweets, and Lesser Evil. Many of these products come in single-serving packages perfect for Halloween.


Although we may still be getting some gusty winds from Hurricane Sandy tomorrow, October 27, the market will be open as usual. So bring your little ghosts and goblins to the Delray GreenMarket this weekend to collect special treats from our vendors! You’ll be right in place to join Delray Beach’s annual Halloween Parade, which begins at 1:00 p.m. at Old School Square.


One response to this post.

  1. I agree with all these great suggestions,especially the last one about healthy treats; changing toxic garbage, with healthy nutrients, is such a better option because our children don’t need another excuse to eat horribly!


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