By Meredith McMahon, Outreach Manager

Halloween! Have your kids been counting the days since last year? You’re not alone. It’s arguably a favorite family holiday, but our celebrations can be haunted in unexpected ways if parents aren’t careful. Not only are Halloween costumes, fake blood, and even candy potentially contain everything from lead to hormone disrupting chemicals, but also the piles of Halloween-related waste are downright scary. Here’s how to celebrate the fantastically fun day without any Halloween nightmares:

HALLOWEEN HEALTH CONCERNS

WASTE CONCERNS

Green Halloween Tips from Real Moms:

*And now for some extra sweet alternative tips from our blogger community about skipping hand outs with too much sugar, fat, chemical additives, and other unappetizing things. There’s nothing wrong with giving healthier choices to the little monsters at your door!

When your kids trick or treat and wind up with unhealthy candy, trade them! Here are some of ways our fellow parent bloggers make this idea work:

 

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