We all want our kids to have fun on Halloween. Didn’t we, growing up? Trick-or-treating, going to costume parties, toilet-papering the neighbor’s house (Oops…did I just admit to that? You might want to discourage this last one!). However, we also want them to be safe and healthy. Too much candy can rot our kids’ teeth and negatively affect their health. How many fillings or other dental work have you had since being a kid to know that this is true? Not taking proper precautions when sending kids out trick-or-treating can also be unwise when it comes to their safety.Here, we’ll talk about some fun, healthy Halloween ideas to help keep your kids safe and healthy, while allowing them to have a lot of good, holiday fun!
Step 1: Teach Your Kids These Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treating
- Always go with a buddy (if not with Mom and Dad)
- Never go inside a stranger’s house
- Carry a flashlight to see where you’re walking
- Drink plenty of water
- Look both ways before crossing the street
- Have a cell phone in case you need to call Mom and Dad
- Candy in moderation. Wait to examine and eat your candy until you get home to go through it with Mom and Dad
- Have FUN!
Step 2: Go through Candy Bags with Kids
- Help your kids see what candy is good and bad for teeth. Separate them out.
- Let them pick out good (mostly healthy) candy they want to keep and then donate or freeze the rest.
- Instruct them on how and when they should eat their candy:
- At treat time. Designate a time in the day when they can have a treat; we recommend during meal times when saliva flow is at a high and can help fight against tooth decay.
- While drinking water to help fight against bacteria that promotes tooth decay.
- By rinsing their mouth with water or mouthwash after eating candy and then remembering to brush 30 minutes to an hour later.