KEEP IT SAFE AND NUTRITIOUS THIS HALLOWEEN
Safety tips to keep in mind for Halloween
1. Walk safely on Halloween. Cross the street at corners and use traffic signals. Walk along sidewalks and paths whenever possible. Children 12 and under shouldn’t be alone at night without an adult. Kids older than 12 should try to stick to familiar areas when trick-ortreating. 2. Make sure costumes are safe. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape to make it easier to see at night. Choose face paint instead of masks so it doesn’t obstruct the child’s vision. Make sure costumes are the right size or don’t have long trailing fabric to prevent falling. 3. Always inspect decorations before using for cracked or frayed wires. Use lights and decorations that are approved safe by a nationally recognized testing lab. Source: Safe Kids Worldwide and the Electrical Safety Foundation International.
Tips for safe and healthy Halloween treats
1. Make sure children eat a good meal before parties or trick-or-treating so they won’t want to fill up on candy. 2. Purchase non-food treats when have a Halloween party such as coloring books, pens and pencils. 3. Also hand small toys instead of Halloween candy like bracelet kits or bubbles. These items can usually be found in bulk just like candy. 4. Once home from trick-or-treating, sort and check collected treats. Closely examine everything and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items. 5. A healthier alternative to candy corn is a mini box of raisins which can be mixed with cereal or yogurt. 6. Another healthy treat can be drawing jack-o-lantern faces on small oranges like tangelos. 7. Mini bags of pretzels, popcorn or crackers can be a healthy alternative to candy and a whole-grain option. Source: American Academy of Pediatrics and Pottstown Mosaic community garden manager Laura Washington. For a 2016 list of Halloween safety tips, check www.aap.org.