Boo! Trick or Treat!

October 27, 2014 Cheryl Smith Awareness and Prevention, Children's Health

Halloween is just arouTrick-or-Treat1nd the corner and is the 2nd largest holiday in America!  Trick or treating has become customary on Halloween and includes children dressing up in costumes venturing from house to house asking for treats with the question “Trick or Treat?”.  In fact, the word “trick” refers to a “threat” to perform mischief on the homeowner or their property if a treat is not given.  So, the majority of households are gearing up to deliver treats to all the ghouls that will dare come to their door.  According to the National Retail Federation, it is estimated that Americans will spend $6.9 billion this year for Halloween, with $2.5 billion spent on costumes.   Who can resist a cute Winnie the Pooh knocking on your door holding a pumpkin treat or treat bag?

As you start to think about your treats, here are some ideas that will satisfy all your super heroes, ghosts and ghouls:

Be creative in your treat options and look for healthy alternatives:

  • String cheese
  • Bagged pretzels
  • Homemade trail-mix/granola
  • Bagged carrots

Be sensitive to children who have food allergies or digestive issues, here are some wonderful “non food” alternatives:

  • Halloween-themed pencils and erasers
  • Sidewalk chalk or crayons
  • Spider rings
  • Glow sticks, bracelets or necklaces
  • Bubbles
  • Stickers

A new initiative geared to children with food allergies is the Teal Pumpkin Project. About 15 million Americans have food allergies, which means roughly 1 out of 13 children that knock on your door this Halloween will be affected by allergies.  By displaying a Teal Pumpkin, this notifies trick or treaters and parents that non-food treats will be available.  Created by a mother who has children with food allergies, this is a great way to promote awareness and offer a holiday season without the fear!


Be safe this year and Happy Halloween from CPR Choice!

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