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Have a scary, but safe, Halloween

Tips for Trick-or-Treaters

Plan your route. Share it with your family or have an adult go with you.
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Have a family communication system in place. Tell your kids to call home if they become separated from the group or lost. Have your children carry a cell phone in case of emergency.
Establish a periodic check-in time for older kids to call in or text.
Wear light-colored or reflective clothing so you are visible to oncoming traffic.
Look both ways before crossing the street. Cross the street only at corners, not in the middle of the street. Do not cross between parked cars.
Use sidewalks. If there's not a sidewalk, then walk on left side of the road.
Carry a flashlight.
Keep away from fires and candles. If a costume catches fire, remember: stop, drop and roll.
Only visit well-lit homes that have a front porch light on.
Accept treats at the door, never go into a stranger's home.
Don't eat candy if the package has been opened.
Have your candy inspected by an adult before eating it.

Tips for parents

Drive slowly in residential neighborhoods. Give yourself extra time to react to trick-or-treaters who may dart into the street.
Broaden your visual scanning. Look to your right and left and into front yards and porches.
Make yourself more visible by turning on your vehicle headlights.

Have a healthy Halloween

Getting a bag-full of candy is a sweet treat.

Candy contains a lot of sugar and is high in fructose corn syrup, and hundreds of calories. It is a combination of unhealthy eating and weight gain.

The following are some alternatives to candy to keep kids healthy this Halloween.

Swap dark chocolate for milk chocolate. It provides more flavor to satisfy taste buds and it has antioxidants, which have a variety of health benefits such as boosting immunity.
Portion control. Provide pre-packaged 100-calorie snack packs of your favorite cookies, crackers or snack mixes.
Add protein. Look for treats with nuts or peanut butter for protein, which helps moderate blood sugar from rising fast after eating.
Add fruit. Boost nutritional value by offering chocolate-covered or yogurt-covered raisins or other dried fruit.
Try non-food treats. Instead of candy, let trick-or-treaters choose from a bowl of stickers, removable tattoos, sports cards, bracelets or necklaces.

Source: Monroenews.com

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