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25 Oct 2017

5 tricks for a safe and healthy Halloween

Is it possible to have a healthy and safe Halloween? Just stick to these 5 tricks and tips to help plan festivities that are fun for the whole family.

1. Get some exorcise

Trick-or-treating isn’t just about collecting sweets. It’s also a chance to explore the neighbourhood, meet new people, and fit in a little exorcise (sorry, exercise).

In fact, several studies have shown that walking after a meal (even just for 15 minutes) can aid digestion and balance blood sugar levels. So why not pop on a costume and your trainers, and hit the pavement. You could even set a challenge to see how many houses or streets you can visit.

2. Eat hell-thy

Halloween can be a tempting time for all of us to overindulge. Especially when the kids empty their trick-or-treat bags on the carpet, and offer you the leftovers.

But fear not. You can enjoy a few treats this Halloween, without undoing all your healthy eating. Dark chocolate, for instance, is rich in antioxidants and contains less sugar than many other sweets. You’ll find plenty of ideas in our article ‘Trick or healthy treat: indulge in dark chocolate’.

You can also balance the sugar overload by stocking the fridge with fruits and vegetables. Simply chop them up, pop them on a platter, and add a few toy spiders or skeletons.

And before the kids go out trick-or-treating, consider chatting with them about eating treats in moderation. Agree on how many sweets they can collect, keep and eat – and what to do with the leftovers.

3. Trick or teeth

The sad tooth about Halloween is that it can wreak havoc on our dental health. That’s why it’s really important for little ones to maintain their regular routine – brushing and flossing twice a day.

You can make it fun by buying Halloween-themed toothbrushes. Also consider going through their trick-or-treat bags together, asking them to pick out tooth-friendly sweets.

4. Street safety

It’s not only spooky outside on’s also dark! And that means it’s harder for cars and cyclists to see you when trick-or-treating – especially if you don a dark costume.

That’s why it’s wise to wear reflective gear, walk in a group, carry a torch, and watch out for cars. Also ensure any kids in your care are aware of ‘stranger danger’. You might like to give them a mobile phone, just in case.

5. Zombie-free zone

Even vampires sleep! So to avoid looking like a zombie, be sure to get plenty of sleep this Halloween. Most adults need between 7 and 9 hours sleep each night. It helps ward off illness and disease, and ensures you can function at your best during the day.

And if you do fall ill this Halloween? In just a few clicks, you can have a confidential chat with one of our friendly GPs or therapists – without leaving home (or changing out of your costume!)

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