#MIKidsCan: Have a Safe and Health-Savvy Halloween

Halloween is coming up quickly so costume, party and activity preparation for your kids is (hopefully!) well under way. But if you’re struggling to find some creative and healthy outlets, fear not. There are tons of ways to keep your Halloween festivities healthy and safe while also keeping your kids happy.

Here are just a few of our favorite ideas to do just that:

For costumes:

  • Dress kids in clothes and shoes that fit. Don’t let your little mummy trip over his or her bandages, and don’t allow your kids to wear your clothes, even if they fit the costume.
  • Be stringent about flame resistant materials. Being particular about costume materials, could prevent flame-induced disaster.

For trick or treating:

  • Use reflective materials. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape, use glow sticks on a costume, when you can, and make costumes that are bright enough to make them visible at dusk or early darkness. 
  • Bring things that are easy or light to carry. Flashlights may be the only somewhat heavy thing that are the exception here. Keep accessories, like wands and swords, light and pliable to prevent injuries and accidents.

For Halloween parties:

  • Dance parties. Reduce the amount of clutter and food to eliminate a major mess later. A fun dance party is a great way to get kids moving to spooky music like “Thriller” and “The Monster Mash.” Have kids freeze when you turn off the music to add a little fun too.  
  • Bob for applesThough you’re better off outside for this one, kids love it. Dangle apples on string from a swing set or go traditional in a bucket of water. Once the kids are able to retrieve all or most of their apples, give them a sweet side of caramel dip as a reward.  

How else do you like to make Halloween a safe and health savvy holiday? Tell us in the comments below!

Photo credit: Anders Ruff Custom Design

This blog post is part of #MIKidsCan, an initiative created by Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan to promote positive change in the health and well-being of Michigan youth. To learn more about the campaign, visit http://www.ahealthiermichigan.org/mikidscan

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