4 Tips for planning a Halloween full of ‘treats’, not ‘tricks’

Kids tend to look forward to Halloween all year long, excitedly awaiting a celebration of dressing up in costume, eating candy, and running around the neighborhoods with friends. Although many adults also look forward to this day of fun, they may also feel nervous about their kids consuming so much sugar.

Halloween Pumpkin and Candy

Here are a few last-minute tips for keeping Halloween a safe and fun holiday:

  • Moderation is key. Roberta Anding, registered dietitian at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, says that for most children, a handful of candy just on Halloween won’t be a problem.
  • Out-of-sight is out of mind. Anding recommends allowing children to enjoy a few of their favorite pieces of candy after trick-or-treating and then put the rest somewhere that’s out of sight for them.
  • Take care of your skin. Does your costume involve face paint? Dr. Rajani Katta, assistant professor of dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine, advises using water-based makeup, testing makeup on a patch skin before applying it to the entire fast, and to make sure you properly clean your face at night.
  • Make walking around the neighborhood an added treat. Instead of driving through neighborhoods to trick-or-treat, Baylor experts recommend walking as a form of exercise and fun. Kids should wear visible costumes while out trick-or-treating to stay safe from any drivers.

Read more safety tips for Halloween.

We hope you have a safe and fun Halloween! Let us know – what are your favorite costume ideas this year?

-By Graciela Gutierrez

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