Halloween is here! With it comes a “fangtastic” day of treats and shrieks sure to bring laughs and sweets to the community and most families everywhere. But, Halloween can also be a dangerous time for little ones so be sure to trick-or-treat in daylight or use flashlights and protective lighting at night to ensure the safety of yourselves and your little ones. Here’s a few Halloween themed facts and blobs of fiction to secure a safe and fun Halloween. We’ll start with an easy one:
- SoulShine is one of the few preschools in Georgia to offer farm to table meals.
Fact: It’s frightening how few of schools offer farm-to-table meals, but SoulShine boasts an array of fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables featured in every meal every day. Our meals consist of produce that is grown and harvested in our own front yard garden!
- Fruits and vegetables don’t need to be washed before eating.
Fiction: Before enjoying a game of bobbing for apples or giving out fruit as treats, the FDA recommends washing fruits under cool running water to get rid of bacteria that has accumulated between its picking and transportation.
- Party favors and finger foods such as sandwiches, cheese, seafood, and other dairy products are fine to sit at room temperature throughout the night.
Fiction: Bacteria spookily multiplies on food items at alarming rates if kept at room temperature. Keep all food items chilled until ready to serve and be mindful that they are not set out for more than two hours to prevent foodborne illnesses.
- When preparing ghoulish Halloween themed dishes such as “Devil’s eggs,” cage free labeled products are better than industrially grown ones.
Fiction: This is not always the case. In fact, most labels boasting “cage free” or “free range” are often subject to equally inhumane treatment used in industrial farming. It is important to be aware of a company’s practices and history before purchasing their products.
- It is best to “treat” your child to light meal or snack before trick-or-treating.
Fact: A child who has eaten before leaving the house is less likely to nibble on uninspected treats while trick-or-treating.
- A 3-year-old can comprehend more than 1,000 words and will learn anywhere from 1,500-2,000 in the year.
Fact: So, be sure to fill your kids with descriptive words about Halloween and its practices today! Teach your child words like tradition, festive, and celebration.
- Commercially ground beef and fast-food hamburgers contain ammonia from being washed.
Fact: It’s a haunting realization that only in 2012 fast-food giants McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Burger King announced they would discontinue the method of using a ammonia and water mix to wash their meats in. Unfortunately, this haunting practice is still being used as preparation in beef factories.
- That adorable, over-sized Halloween costume will be perfect for your child.
Fiction: The CDC advises that all outfits worn are well-fitted and flexible to prevent falls, injuries and other accidents that may occur on the streets with your child while trick-or-treating.
- Always test face paint and make-ups before trying them on to ensure a fun night void of allergic reactions.
Fact: Test face paint on a small portion of the skin hours before a full application. Many paints that are made are not FDA-approved according to consumer reports.
10. Keep your Jack-o’-lantern fresh with a solution of bleach water.
Fact: When attempting to preserve your Halloween jack-o’-lantern it is important to completely clean out your pumpkin and keep it free from dirt and debris. Spray your pumpkin with a solution that is 1 tablespoon of bleach to a quart of water and let sit for 20 minutes to kill off the bacteria that cause molds for up to 10 days.
Now, go out and have one spooktacular Halloween!