Happy Halloween!

With better weather in the forecast, trick-or-treaters are expected to be out in force tonight walking the streets and collecting their goodies. Here are some tips to help everyone have a happy and safe Halloween, whether collecting candy, handing it out or driving around the streets of Northeast Mississippi.

Halloween basics
- Wear light-colored or reflective costumes.
- Make sure you know the route your children will be traveling to trick or treat.
- Use a flashlight.
- Make sure that if you’re wearing a mask, the eye holes allow you to see on all sides.
- Make sure the costume fits so you don’t trip or fall.
- Kids, don’t eat any candy until your parents check it.
- Parents, check your children’s candy.

Safety on the street
- Remember, children will be walking your neighborhoods so drive carefully and slowly.
- Pay attention to any moving objects.
- Make sure you have your lights on while driving, even if it’s not fully dark yet.

To your good health
- Instead of candy, consider handing out good-for-you treats such as fruit, individually wrapped snacks like graham crackers, popcorn or pretzels or little toys.
- In the days after Halloween, make candy a small part of your daily intake and supersize healthy veggies, fruits and whole grains.
- Try sweet treats like frozen grapes and apples.
- Don’t let Halloween candy linger too long. Get uneaten candy out of the house as soon as possible.
- Take a walk as a family to help burn off the sweet indulgences.

NEMS Daily Journal