Many children go trick-or-treating every year on Halloween. It’s good to be a diligent parent and check your children’s candy before letting them eat it. Here are some tips that can help make sure that your children’s Halloween candy is safe to eat.
Only trick-or-treat at houses you know.
Stay in your neighborhood or go to a trunk-or-treat event. By only receiving candy from people you know cuts down on the risk of getting harmful candy. Many churches in various communities hold a trunk-or-treat event so check out your local church to see if they are having one this year.
Throw away any received homemade candy.
If you personally don’t know the person who gave your children the homemade candy just throw it away. It’s better to be safe about it instead of taking any chances. It’s a nice gesture to make homemade candy but in doing so the person who made it could put anything they wanted into it.
Research the candy online in case of allergies.
If you aren’t too familiar with the various types of candy your children received look the product up online. This is important if your child has any allergies. If you are still not sure what the candy contains throw it out.
Don’t let your children eat all the candy at once.
Getting a nice haul of Halloween candy can be overwhelming for any child. It’s exciting and can be fun trying all the different types of candy. Let your child know what happens if you eat too much candy, i.e. stomach ache. Reassure them that you are not taking their candy away because you are trying to be mean but let them know that it’s healthy to pace the candy out instead of eating all of it at once.
Throw away any opened candy.
Throw away any candy that is not completely sealed. Sometimes candy can get unwrapped by itself while others may have been tampered with. Not only is it good to throw away opened candy in case someone tampered with it but it’s also good to throw away opened candy because it can spoil. Opened up chocolate, for an example, just doesn’t taste good.
Make sure the candy isn’t too bad for their health.
Let’s face it, candy is not healthy in general but some are worse than others. Some candy, like Now and Laters, can be very bad for teeth. It may be best just to not let your children have any of that kind of candy. Try contacting your children’s doctor or a nutritionist and ask what candy they suggest avoiding all together.