Halloween is one of the best holidays of the year, even if it’s a day off for good nutrition and a potential hair-puller for parents concerned about safe costumes and safe trick-or-treating.
The weather is not expected to be good this All Hallows’ Eve, but it’s not too late to come up with a creative costume that looks, and acts, like an umbrella. Whatever you do, don’t let Oct. 31 pass without consuming this sweet trick-or-treat list of all things Halloween:
The hottest Halloween costumes for 2019, based on a National Retail Federation survey:
- Avengers character (excluding Spider-Man)
- Frozen (Elsa, Anna)
Nutritional Values Of Halloween Candy (The All-Worst List)
Eat This, Not That analyzed 52 of the nation’s most popular candies in their Food Lab for a previous Halloween, emerging with this list:
The Worst (Nutritionally)
- Reese’s Miniatures, 3 pieces (108 calories, 6.4 grams fat, 9.9 grams sugar). Also: 2.2 grams saturated fat.
- Hershey’s Take 5 snack size, 1 bar (100, 5, 9). Also: 2.5 grams saturated fat.
- Butterfinger fun size, 1 bar (100, 4, 10). Also: 2. grams saturated fat.
- Milk Chocolate M&M’s fun size, 1 package (95, 3.5, 13). Also: 2.25 grams saturated fat.
- Nestle 100 Grand fun size (95, 4, 11). Also: 1 gram saturated fat.
The Best of the Worst (Least Objectionable Nutritionally)
- Jelly Belly jelly beans mini-pack, with real fruit puree (35 calories, 0 grams fat, 7 grams sugar).
- Pixy Stix, per straw (9, 0, 2.1) Note: this is pure sugar in a straw.
- Smarties Candy Rolls, per roll (25, 0, 6).
- Dum Dums, 2 pops (50, 0, 10).
- Nerds Fun Size (50, 0, 12).
Others from Worst:
19. Brach’s Candy Corn, 9 pieces (70 calories, 0 grams fat, 14 grams sugar).
26. Almond Joy snack size, per bar (80, 4.5, 8). Also: 3 grams saturated fat.
27. Milky Way Original Minis, two pieces (72, 2.8, 9.6). Also: 1.6 grams saturated fat.
The 10 Halloween Commandments For Parents
From the National Safety Council:
- An adult should accompany young children.
- If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route.
- Agree on a specific time children should return home.
- Teach your children to never enter a stranger’s home or car.
- Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends.
- Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home.
- All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant.
- Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision.
- If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks.
- When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first.
Buying A Costume
From the state Department of Consumer Protection:
- Look for costumes made from 100 percent synthetic fibers (nylon or polyester) with a Flame Resistant label.
- Avoid glitter, which can be flammable.
- Avoid capes, trains and dangling sleeves: They can catch fire and also present a tripping hazard.
- Making your own costume? Use polyester, nylon, wool and acrylic. Avoid cotton balls, twine and other highly flammable natural fibers.
From the American Academy of Pediatrics:
- Use bright, reflective costumes. Make sure shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
- Add reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
- When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
- If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
- Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional.
For Halloween safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, click here.
Have a safe Halloween, trick-or-treaters. If you need medical attention for any reason, visit your local Hartford HealthCare/GoHealth Urgent Care Center.