From pumpkin carving accidents to alcohol-related incidents and food allergy dangers, Halloween, while fun, can be a deadly holiday even before COVID was a concern. This blog post will give you some tricks to help you have a Healthy Halloween and some treats to make the holiday fun for the whole family! See what we did there? 😉
First, let’s consider some statistics to really get the full picture of Halloween dangers and we’ll give you some ideas on how to stay safe!
According to CNN Health:
- Children are twice as likely to die on Halloween than any other day of the year
- How can you keep them safe? Put reflective tape on their clothing and have them carry a flashlight or glow stick! Also, do not let them trick or treat alone and parents need to be vigilant at all times!
- 14% of pedestrian deaths on Halloween involve drunk drivers
- If you are drinking on Halloween, do not get behind the wheel! Have a designated driver or call an Uber instead of putting yourself and others at risk.
- One in every 13 children in the United States has food allergies, many of which are found in various varieties of Halloween candy
- How can this be avoided? Be a good neighbor and offer non-candy alternatives for these trick or treaters. What if your child has an allergy? Ask those offering candy if they have an alternative! And, teach your children what types of candy they can and cannot have.
- Pumpkin carving is the main cause of injuries on Halloween
- Put the kitchen knives down and stick to the pumpkin carving kit tools to avoid major injuries, and make sure whoever is carving knows safe knife skills
- Sticky and hard candies can cause major dental problems
- Be careful with the candy, especially if someone has crowns, prosthetics, or braces! Consider donating uneaten candy to buybacks at local dental offices after the holiday to cut down on consumption and dental concerns!
- We can’t forget our furry family members! Pets are 32% more likely to experience food poisoning during Halloween week
- Chocolate, raisins, and some artificial sweeteners like Xylitol are deadly for pets! Pay attention to the ingredients in your treats and keep them out of reach of your four-legged friends
- Outdoor trick or treating in small groups is the safest option if you’re doing traditional Halloween trick or treating.
- Consider a haunted maze or haunted forest instead of a haunted house this year
- Stick to other outdoor activities like trick or treating at the Zoo, pumpkin patches, hay rides, and apple orchards
- Make a mask a part of the costume! Fun and functional!
Halloween is all about sweets and treats, right? Well, we can still enjoy some treats without indulging in so much sugar! Prevention.com offers 30 Healthy Halloween Treat ideas, including Snack o’Lantern fruit cups using carved oranges, Mummy Pumpkin Bars with frosting, Halloween Banana Popsicles covered in frozen yogurt! Take a look and make some new traditions this year with Healthy Halloween Treats!
What are some other fun and safe ideas for a Healthy Halloween? Here’s a list!
- Pumpkin Decorating! You don’t have to carve the pumpkins to enjoy the holiday. Why not decorate them with paint or markers!
- Movie Night! Make some of the Healthy Halloween treats above and stay in for a fun, festive Halloween movie night! Whether the movies are scary or not, it’s fun for the whole family!
- Have a creepy Halloween dinner! Check out Pinterest for lots of creepy, ghoulish recipes like spider bites, mummy mini pizzas, or eyeball pasta!
- Go “booing” throughout Halloween week! Leave a fun gift basket on the doorstep of a neighbor’s house with a note asking them to pay it forward! What a fun Halloween treat!
- Have a Halloween dance party! Who doesn’t want to dance to the Monster Mash on Halloween??
- Create a scavenger “haunt” for the kiddos around your house and/or yard!
- Tell ghost stories! Even if you don’t have a campfire, light some candles or just turn the lights off and use flashlights to set the mood!
No matter what you choose to do to celebrate this spooky holiday, have fun and be safe!