On Halloween, it isn’t always the ghouls and goblins you have to watch out for — it’s the tainted tricks and treats. When it comes to your child’s candy consumption, it’s important to exercise caution to ensure they have a night full of fun — not of fright.
We’ve gathered our top tips for how to make sure your little witch, ghost or vampire is safe while they dig into their Halloween loot.
Inspect your child’s candy before they eat it.
Make sure your child eats dinner before they go trick or treating so they aren’t tempted to start snacking on their candy before they get home. When the night is done, have children dump out their candy bags so you can thoroughly inspect every piece. Throw out any candy that is not commercially wrapped or that looks like it has been ripped open, repackaged or otherwise tampered with.
Throw out homemade treats.
Unless homemade cookies, brownies or other treats came from a close friend or family member, toss them — there’s no way to tell what ingredients were used. This is especially important for any children with food allergies or sensitivities.
Only keep age-appropriate candy.
Have a young child in the house? Throw out any candy that could pose a potential choking hazard. Gums, hard candies and nuts should all be discarded to keep children safe. It’s even a good idea to avoid letting older children keep these candies because they may try to share with younger siblings.
Watch out for food allergies.
Is your child allergic to nuts, dairy, soy or other ingredients? Take time to read through the ingredient lists on all candies. Be careful if the package says the candy may have come into contact with an allergen — it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to potential reactions.
Don’t let kids keep candy in their rooms.
A stash of candy sitting under the bed can be pretty tempting when a child feels a bit hungry before bed. To prevent your child from overindulging in their candy, keep it safely out of reach and monitor how much they eat so they don’t get sick. One to two pieces per day is just fine — 10 to 20 is probably not.
Keep the candy bowl on the healthier side.
We recommend passing out healthier snacks at your house, such as bags of pretzels or boxes of dried fruit. That way, if you have leftovers, you won’t feel guilty giving them to your children. Or, pass out non-edible items such as stickers, glow sticks or bottles of bubbles instead — just make sure they don’t pose a choking hazard.
Remember, your nearest WellNow location is open for regular hours on Halloween and the day after to help treat any stomachaches, non-life-threatening allergic reactions or minor injuries that may occur. We hope you and your little trick-or-treater have a fun and safe Halloween!