10 Tips for a Happier, Healthier Halloween

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Do you steal your kids’ candy on Halloween? Don’t be shy about admitting it. According to a survey conducted by Crest, 86 percent of parents admit to stealing their children’s candy.

I’m guilty of it. My husband is guilty of it 10 times over. He likes to hide the candy in a cabinet that only he can reach.

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According to the Crest research, which was conducted via survey with 2,000 adults, kids and their parents are equally obsessed with Halloween candy.

We’re just trying to do what we can to help our kids have a happy Halloween while having a few treats ourselves, right?

Well, aside from eating all their candy for them, there’s a few other things we can do to help them have a safer, healthier and happier Halloween. I’ve partnered with Crest to share some of the best and easiest ideas.

Tips for a Happier, Healthier Halloween

Halloween safety tips - The Everyday Mom Life

Halloween safety tips - The Everyday Mom LifeFeed them before they go trick-or-treating

Feeding your kids a good meal before they go trick-or-treating is a common tactic used my many parents to curb candy consumption. The idea is that if they’re full of the nutritious good stuff, they’ll be less likely to binge on the sweets. About 41 percent of parents said they do this around Halloween according to the Crest survey.

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Grab reflective gear

Halloween clothing is traditionally dark, especially as your kids get older. Make sure they have some kind of reflective clothing or something on them that lights up so people can see them after dark. My children are both being Star Wars characters this year, so they will have light sabers with them. However, I also plan to put some reflective tape on the bottom of their costumes and have them each wear a glow necklace. With the light fading earlier and earlier, it will be dark by the time most cities’ trick-or-treating hours end.

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Discuss rules around stranger danger

Halloween is a time the stranger rules may seem lax but it’s important to remind your kids of a few basics – especially if you let them go out trick-or-treating alone. Remind them:

  1. Don’t go with anyone they’re approached by on the street.
  2. Do not go near any cars and/or vans where people are offering them candy or asking for help to look for other children/animals.
  3. Don’t go into strangers’ houses. This can be one that’s especially different on Halloween versus the rest of the year because they’re physically standing on other people’s doorsteps. If it’s cold it might be tempting to enter an entry way. It’s one thing when it’s a neighbor you know, but it’s something else when they’re a couple blocks away as tweens and teens by themselves.

Cross the street correctly

On Halloween it can be especially tempting to dart from house to house but remind your kids that they need to cross the street at crosswalks or corners where cars will be more likely to look for them. Jaywalking might not seem like a huge issue (we all do this too) but couple it with the excitement of lots of candy plus kids not paying attention and accidents can happen.

Use smaller bags

It can be tempting to let your kids head out on Halloween night with a pillowcase, so they can load up on freebie candy, but let’s rethink this one. If you give them a smaller pumpkin bucket or a bag, they’re going to bring less home for them (and you) to eat. Crest estimates that about 40% of Halloween candy lasts between a week and a month after the holiday. Do you really need a pillowcase full of it?

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Examine the candy before they eat it

This is an old rule of thumb for Halloween but from a safety perspective, it bears repeating. Before your kids dig in, especially younger kids who aren’t really aware that their candy may have been tampered with, check it out and make sure it isn’t open or doesn’t have any abnormal features. Throw out any pieces that look off or even candy that looks old.

Set limits

Don’t just let your kids pig out Halloween night. Crest states that 58 percent of parents limit their children’s candy consumption on Halloween night and 75 percent of parents limit the number of pieces their children can eat. If you do this, you’re completely normal no matter how much your kids may protest. It’s a good rule of thumb to keep your kids from overdoing it, getting a stomachache or even getting sick on a night that’s supposed to be all about having fun. Also, helping them to set limits on non-nutritious snacks is a good lifelong skill for them to learn.

Halloween safety tips - The Everyday Mom Life

Halloween safety tips - The Everyday Mom Life

Make sure they brush at night

The very least we can do after a night of heavy candy consumption is to make sure that our kids do a good job brushing their teeth. Crest found that 7-in-10 parents are stricter about enforcing teeth brushing routines the night of a holiday. Remind them to get in back, up, down and around. I always make my kids say, “Cheese,” and go over the front ones at the end too.

Find ways to use excess candy

According to Crest, 17 percent of adults admit to donating candy and 35 percent bring leftover candy to work. Find a full list of ideas here.

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After Halloween, pair candy with nutritious snacks

So many households have SO MUCH leftover candy after Halloween! Have your kids eat a more nutritious snack before they take a few bites of candy. This reinforces that nutrition should come before the treat. Plus it helps to fill their tummies too.

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  1. When it comes to the holidays the biggest thing that takes hit deserted because of all the sweet sweet. I definitely think dental health is important during this time. I can’t wait for all the candy in the trick-or-treating that is coming though.

  2. these are great tips. We go with our kids, so not really worried about stranger danger, BUT they get so excited need to think about the crossing the street and everything. We usually go overboard on actual Halloween, then donate the candy to the troops. Our dentist does a collection 🙂

  3. I love that you focused on oral health during Halloween. People forget how badly candy can impact the mouth. It’s fun for Halloween, but you have to make sure you combat the sugar.

  4. Really good reminder this time of year to concentrate or taking care of our teeth. With all the Halloween candy and next will be the Thanksgiving and Christmas treats it is a good habit to get into having with our oral health.

  5. I think that it is a good time to talk about oral health but think that there is often too big a focus on things being bad and am a firm believer in moderation, however, I think we have a much smaller Halloween thing going on here in the UK!

  6. I only like the Heath toffee pieces, so that is all I take from them. But no one likes those, so my kids happily reliquish those to me! My kids dont’ overindulge, thanksfully, they are pretty good about not eating too much candy. I usually end of throwing out the candy collection becuase no one eats it.

  7. This is a very helpful post. As much as we want our kids to have fun, we must always put safety as the top priority. I never let my kids go treat or treating by themselves. They are always with older (adult) cousins or with me and my husband. Thanks for the health tip too of brushing teeth after all those sweets!

  8. This is such a great list for Halloween. It should really be required reading for all parents prior to the day. Everyone is understandably focussed on having a fun time but there is always the potential for things to go wrong. You have anticipated quite a few scenarios that can be avoided.

  9. Great tips and reminders. Safety first and so important these days. Will go over this with my kids a few times before we head out for the evening.

  10. I love how Crest is promoting the importance of kids teeth especially this time of the year. We actually do not celebrate halloween or eat candy in our home but I do think it’s super important for kids to care for their teeth. Unfortunately, a few of my kids learned this the hard way.

  11. I think these are all wonderful ideas. I’m always with my kids when they go trick or treating. I think having glow sticks and such is great so that others can see them.

  12. These are such great tips! We take some of the excess candy and freeze it to use in our holiday baking. We also have a safe that the candy goes in so that no one ends up eating more than they need (and also to keep my husband from eating all the kids’ candy). The kids are the ones that suggested that we start putting all the candy in the safe!

  13. All great information. Normally I get what the kids “didn’t want” in their buckets. I have to say that I agree about looking over the candy after they get home and not having any until then. We always limit the number of pieces and their candy does not go to their rooms but rather in our panty. This helps us keep track of how much they have and keep a limit.

  14. Awesome tips for having a safe Halloween! I will agree that I’m in that percentage that steals candy from the kids. Hey, I put in work too!

  15. I’m definitely in all of these percentages, lol. I try to make a healthy dinner before Halloween, and then I let them indulge in their candy for the night. By day 2, it usually disappears.

  16. I love your suggestions to make a Happy Halloween. I agree to give enough meal for kids before going to trick or treats. Parents should have to bring attention for this.

  17. Great tips for a safer and healthier halloween! We often eat candy for about the first week after Halloween and then ditch the rest! We both work from home so it’s too tempting to have a ton in the house.

  18. It’s a good time of year to make sure the kids are in a healthy routine. Not just for Halloween but for Christmas and beyond. It’s always good to refresh their health and hygiene habits throughout the year.

  19. Really great tips! We always examine our candy, we go through it as soon as we get home and we are always brushing our teeth twice a day, so important!

  20. Great tips! Stranger danger is the ultimate tip! Thankfully my son doesn’t like sweets too much, but we definitely practice good oral health. It creates a great habit for when they get older.


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