Tips for safe and healthy Hal­loween treats

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - HEALTH -

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.

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