Halloween is undoubtedly one of the best holidays of the year. Pumpkins. Costumes. And perhaps best of all, free candy–regardless of how old you are, you know you love it.
For families and children, Halloween is a day of spooky fun. But it’s also important to be mindful of health and safety. Here are some tips on how to do that.
How to check your children’s candy
- To prevent your kids from eating unchecked candy while out trick-or-treating, be sure to feed them a snack before they head out to collect treats. Remind them to wait until they are home and after you’ve inspected their candy before they eat any.
- Make sure your kids don’t accept, or eat treats that aren’t commercially packaged and sealed. Always check commercially packed candy for an tampering, pinholes, tears in wrapping, or unusual wrapping. Toss anything that looks suspicious.
- If your children have any food allergies, be sure to filter out any candy or baked goods that could be harmful to them.
- If you have small children, take out any candy that could be a choking hazard. Such items could range from peanuts, gum, small candies or toys.
The importance of dental hygiene
Even though your children (and you) will probably consume some sort of candy or sweet during Halloween, it’s likely kids will have candy that lasts longer than that. Which is why it’s important to make sure your children brush their teeth after eating any candy, and especially before bed. Flossing is also recommended to help prevent cavities.
Everyone should be brushing their teeth twice a day, but after a holiday like Halloween, it’s especially important to stay on top of your kids’ oral hygiene. Be sure to also take them to their annual teeth cleaning appointment. If you don’t have access to dental care, you can schedule an appointment with Apicha CHC.
Free Halloween (and kid-friendly) events in NYC
Even though Halloween is just one night, there are still plenty of other ways to celebrate Halloween and the fall season. From pumpkin patches to dog costume competitions, we gathered some of New York City’s free events for you and your family to attend this year.
Jefferson Market Garden Children's Harvest Festival: This free event on Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will offer a pumpkin patch, crafts, and other activities. Held on Greenwich Avenue, between Sixth Avenue and 10th Street.
Annual Narrows Botanical Harvest Festival: This free event on Oct. 8 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Brooklyn will feature country music and square dancers, a “Great Pumpkin Patch,” arts and crafts, and a canine costume contest.
Hip Hop Halloween Celebration: On Saturday, October 15, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., join in on Halloween festivities at the Hip Hop Community Garden for pumpkin painting, face painting, and festive treats. This event is free. In Far Rockaway, Queens.
Super Sabado: Día de los Muertos: On Saturday, October 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., folks can celebrate the 3,000 year old Mexican tradition of remembering and honoring loved ones who have passed away. The event is free and will be held at El Museo del Barrio, on 1230 Fifth Avenue.
Tompkins Square Annual Halloween Dog Parade: On Saturday, October 21st, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., hundreds of dogs will compete in a Halloween costume competition and flaunt their costumes. Be sure to get there early for a good spot, as the parade is a very popular public event. The event is free, but a $5 donation is suggested.
Haunted Lantern Tour: Held on both October 27 and 28, the Haunted Lantern Tours will take folks on a tour of Water Battery at Fort Totten Park, blending the Halloween and history, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.