With spooky costumes and gooey treats, Halloween is a great time for kids of all ages. As the big day approaches, Sutter Children's Center, Sacramento recommend these simple "tricks" for parents who want to keep their little ghouls and goblins from OD'ing on candy this year. There are also several things "groan-ups" can do to make Halloween as safe as possible.
1. Enjoy the Day
Childhood obesity is growing medical crisis but it's OK to let your kids indulge a little bit.
2. Fill 'em up
Serve your kids a healthy dinner (with foods they like) before trick-or-treating, so they won't be as tempted to eat candy before you have a chance to inspect it.
3. Safety First
Halloween night is no different when it comes to safety. Parents should trick-or-treat with young children at all times and all trick-or-treaters should have flashlights. Don't forget a charged mobile phone for emergencies.
4. Spooky but Safe Costumes
Before heading out the door make sure your child's costume is flame resistant and can be seen clearly in the dark. Swords, knives, fairy wands and other accessories should be flexible to prevent any accidental injuries. And because a mask can limit or block eyesight, consider using makeup or a decorative hat as a safe alternative.