Posted on 10/22/2013 at 12:00 AM by Embria Health Sciences
Second only to Christmas, Halloween is my kids’ favorite holiday. It’s the only time they get gobs and gobs of candy and, hello… it’s candy!
While they are figuring out which houses will have the best candy, I’m busy trying to keep them safe and healthy during the spookiest of holidays with these basic tips.
1. Get your kids to dress warm
My youngest always wants to be a ladybug (or, rather a ladybug vampire) for Halloween. The problem is her cute costume isn’t warm enough for the chilly October weather. It’s not always easy to get her to put on extra layers, especially a jacket! So, try adding a cape to the get-up for a little extra warmth. Another way is adding some sweet incentive… for every extra layer she adds on, they get to eat one extra candy – up to three. By making it to a game or giving them extra incentive you get a warm, happy and fun trick-or-treating night.
2. Safer trick-or-treating at night
First and foremost, every parent worries about the dangers of their children crossing streets in the dark. If you want a safer place for your kids to wonder, public places like zoos, malls and other meeting areas usually hold kid-friendly trick-or-treating events throughout the week of Halloween. You can easily find these in your local paper or check your city’s website for events. These events also make it easy to get started early, while there’s still light. If you’re going to hit your local neighborhood on Halloween night, don’t forget the importance of sleep for your little ones (especially since it falls on Thursday this year). That’s why we start our trick-or-treating early enough in the evening to not only capture some of that remaining daylight for safety but also to fill up the pillowcases with candy at a reasonable hour (8:00 at the very, very, very latest).
3. Use choice to limit candy intake
As I said before, my kids’ favorite part of Halloween is the candy. If they had it their way, they would eat almost all of their stash that same night. But, I’m not about to let that happen. Too much candy is not good for the body. I let the kids pick out two or three pieces of their favorite candy to enjoy on Halloween night and the rest is put away so they can enjoy it over the course of a few weeks. In addition to limiting their overall candy intake, I also try and add some extra vegetables to their diet in the days following Halloween. A healthy diet is essential for staying healthy during the cold weather season.
My kids might think I’m a bad guy when it comes to Halloween but that’s perfectly okay with me. I’m more concerned with them having a healthy transition from Halloween to Christmas and beyond.
Jessica Torres is the wanna-be entertaining writer of the blog, My Time as Mom. When not homeschooling her children or tending her garden, she can be found playing bartender in her kitchen creating great cocktail recipes. She writes for allParenting.com and Business 2 Blogger and can be found on Twitter and Facebook.