From the candy to the costumes, Halloween is a fun-filled time for kids and parents. To help make it a trick-free treat, follow these new guidelines issued by NYC Health.
Get creative – think about a costume that includes a face covering – be a doctor, nurse, cowboy, masked bandit or a 2020 New Yorker. Or buy or make a face covering with a mustached, mouth or other image on it that’s part of your costume.
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Keep Visiting Ghouls Safe Too!
Make sure trick-or-treaters are safe when visiting your home too. Remove anything that could cause them to trip or fall on your walkway or lawn. Make sure the lights are on outside your house and light the walkway to your door, if possible. Keep family pets away from trick-or-treaters, even if they seem harmless to you.
What You Give Out and What Kids Get
For health-conscious parents, Halloween can be tricky. Do you set limits? Do you let kids decide how much to eat?
There isn't just one right answer. Instead, use your best judgment based on your child's personality and eating habits. Kids who generally eat just a couple of pieces and save the rest might be trusted to decide how much to eat. But if your child tends to overdo it, consider setting limits.
Here are some more tips for handling the Halloween treats:
You also can offer some alternatives to candy to the trick-or-treaters who come to your door. Here are some treats you might give out:
Steer clear of any snacks or toys — like small plastic objects — that could pose choking hazards to very young children.
And remember that Halloween, like other holidays, is a single day on the calendar. If your family eats sensibly during the rest of the year, it will have a more lasting impact than a few days of overindulgence.
COURTESY OF KIDSHEALTH FROM NEMOURS