Tips and treats for a safe and healthy Halloween

Special to the Enquirer

Halloween is quickly approaching, and this year more trick or treaters are looking for inclusive treats than ever before. Recent studies found that 1 in 13 children suffer from a serious allergy, making Halloween more of a trick than a treat for some.

MedStar Health conducted a survey of adults taking part in Halloween festivities to better understand plans for the spooky holiday this year.

45 percent of households will be giving out non-candy treats this year

· Handing out non-candy treats (such as small toys or stickers) can help avoid food allergies, intolerances or other medical conditions.

· Majority of respondents plan on giving non-candy treats to better include children with diabetes or other medical conditions.

The majority of parents (nearly ¾) limit candy consumption on Halloween

· By limiting candy consumption, parents can help their kids avoid the dreaded sugar crash, along with health hazards such as stomach aches, vomiting and diarrhea.

Only 14 percent of adults know the meaning behind “teal” pumpkins

· Putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep means you have non-food or allergy-safe treats available, promoting inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other sensitivities.

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