Contributed by: News Canada
(NC) - If your little ghost or goblin is trick or treating on October 31st, now is a good time to brush up on some Halloween food safety tips. The easy acronym SMARTIES will help keep your candy-loving children safe.
Source: Select chocolate and candy from recognized manufacturers - or if your children receive a home-made treat, you need to know and trust the source.
Mom Knows Best: Help your kids understand it's okay to sample, but only when mom (or dad) says so.
Allergies: If your child has a food allergy you need to be especially careful on Halloween night. Some candy makers make it easy - the snack-sized version of Nestlé's four most popular bars, Smarties, Aero, Kit Kat and Coffee Crisp, are made in a peanut-free facility, making them a safe choice for children with peanut allergies.
Read the ingredients: To help your children make smart, safe choices, always read ingredient labels - especially if your kids have a food allergy or intolerance.
Temptation: Think of how tempting a bowl of treats is for you...now, imagine you're five. Store sweets out of sight and keep temptation at bay.
Inventory: Take stock of the Halloween stash as you sort treats with your child. This informal inventory helps you track consumption. And it's fun too!
Educate: The SMARTIES approach is an easy way to teach your children about Halloween food safety - so chat about these tips before the big night.
Smile! Halloween is one of the most fun nights of the year for kids. With these tips in mind, your child's Halloween can be spooky - but also sweet and safe.
So, as you prepare to send your witch, monster, princess or clown out on All Hallow's Eve, remember the SMARTIES approach to Halloween food safety.
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