What are some rules for trick-or-treating?
For many parents and families, the COVID-19 pandemic seems like a never-ending scary movie killing holiday fun. One of the most important questions for families: Is it safe to trick or treat this year? Safe Kids Worldwide says Halloween will look a little different. However, a few things will remain the same: trick or treating. Whether you choose to follow traditions or try some alternatives, follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) and American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) COVID-19 guidelines and recommendations. Also, get familiar with the standard Halloween safety tips for traffic, costumes, parties, and masks.
Teachers/Providers: Work with parents and families to help ensure their little pumpkins and ghastly ghosts have a fun, safe, healthy, and happy Halloween.
Parents/Families: Use the scary-healthy snacks, safety tips, creepy stories and walks, and more spooky fun activities below to create memories that will last a lifetime.
Scary-Healthy Halloween Treats
Little ghosts and ghouls love to dress up and trick-or-treat for Halloween, but all the sweets can play tricks on their teeth. Sugar and leftover food, combined with bacteria in the mouth, produce a weak acid that can cause cavities. While doctors and dentists agree that children should not eat large amounts of sugary treats, candy consumption is almost unavoidable at this time of year. Try these “7 Tips To Prevent Halloween Treats from Playing Tricks on Children’s Teeth” to help keep your child’s mouth healthy this Halloween.
Discover MFE’s Top 10 Scary-Healthy Halloween Treats (with one bonus treat) as alternatives to sugary treats:
- Monster Smoothie Bowls
- Compost Crudites with Ranch Dirt Dip
- Mac-O-Lantern and Cheese Bowls
- Spider Web Deviled Eggs
- Candy-Coated Pears
- Rotten Deviled Eggs
- Green Apple Monsters
- Cheese Monsters
- Veggie Skeleton
- Pumpkin Spice Granola Cups
- Spider-Web Guacamole
Halloween Safety Tips
From appropriate costumes to driver safety, get familiar with the standard Halloween safety tips. Make safety a part of your holiday planning. For convenient spooky fun, the AAP recommends making masks part of the costumes. However, this recommendation includes a word of caution about decorating and substituting Halloween masks for COVID-19 recommended masks.
- 5 Halloween Safety Tips (infographic)
- Make Halloween Fun and Safe with These Tips for Celebrating During COVID-19
- Simple Steps for an Extra Safe Halloween
At-Home Halloween Fun
It may not be a “traditional” Halloween, but it’s still possible to have fun at home. Host a spooky decorating competition, cook a few scary-healthy treats, ghastly game night, or host a small party for ghouls. Check out a few ideas from The Family Dinner Project.
Spooky Halloween Activities, Stories, Walks, and Events
Take the Corn Maze Stem Challenge, decorate Halloween Jars, paint Halloween Rocks, and make an Exploding Pumpkin this Halloween! Also, check out the MFE Events Page or your local public library and parks department for creepy stories, scary STEM challenges, ghostly walks, and more Halloween fun.