Beware: Halloween is Bad for Your Health

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Have a Scary Halloween

The scariest thing about Halloween is supposed to be the costume. But you wouldn’t know that from all of the scare tactics about the holiday.

Not only are you supposed to be worried about letting your kids walk around in spooky costumes at night, but now you also have to worry that all of that candy is contributing to the childhood obesity epidemic, not to mention tooth decay.

With Halloween preparations are gearing up, we are hearing “the most ridiculously alarmist warnings from doctors, dentists and healthcare specialists about the evils of the holiday,” writes the Los Angeles Times.

Orthodontists are warning parents that gummy bears, Tootsie Rolls and taffy can be “terrifying for teeth.” Dentists are also using Halloween as an opportunity to drum up business. One dentist suggested that people hand out candy alternatives such as toothbrushes and toothpaste, fruit, small water bottles, activity books and hand sanitizer.

I don’t know about your kids, but my kids would not look kindly upon being given hand sanitizer for Halloween.

My Strollerderby colleague Sandy Maple recently wrote how one company is marketing ”Scarrots,” a single-serving, 1.7 ounce bags of baby carrots as a candy alternative for Halloween.

I admit that I have done my part in contributing to the fear-mongering surrounding Halloween. I recently wrote about the 5 worst Halloween candies and provided 5 tips for a Green Halloween. But everything in moderation, folks. I’m not recommending that you go cold turkey on candy and pass out hand sanitizer or baby carrots instead!

A few more Halloween safety tips: don’t text while trick-or-treating, don’t use razor blades to carve pumpkins, and brush your teeth (and your kids teeth) the second you get home.

As the Los Angeles Times writes, “before every molecule of fun is sucked dry from this holiday, let’s remember that Halloween is one day, not an entire year of candy debauchery. Use common sense and we’re sure everything will work out just fine.”

Meanwhile, be on the lookout for witches and goblins!

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