The Halloween season is full of fun traditions kids look forward to all year, but also invites temptation from many of the things parents work hard to limit children’s exposures to. While one day of costumes, candy, and staying up late is nothing to worry about, the parties, preparation, and leftover candy always last much longer.
Sophia Ruan Gushée, author of A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic Exposures (available on Amazon), offers her expertise for some healthier alternatives to popular Halloween products — keeping kids happy while letting parents rest assured that their children are having a healthier holiday. Below are small, simple ways to make this Halloween a little bit healthier for your whole family.
- Forgo Facemasks
Store-bought facemasks are often made with vinyl, which contains a number of toxic chemicals, including endocrine-disrupting phthalates. If your child’s costume needs a mask, they are easy and fun to make with cardboard or papier mâché and string.
- Turn to Healthier Treats
Almost all Halloween candy is full of processed sugar and artificial colors and preservatives. It seems obvious, but limiting kids’ consumption of these candies makes for healthier kids and happier parents, and can be done in simple ways. Healthier options are organic, non-GMO candies without artificial dyes, or even popcorn. You can also balance out the take-home for trick-or-treaters by giving out non-food items, such as stickers or fun and colorful school supplies, like pencils and erasers.
- “Green” Those Colorful Face Paints
Conventional face paints can sometimes cause allergic reactions, and are often made with chemical ingredients such as chromium — which can cause skin sensitivity and contact dermatitis — nickel, cobalt, and even lead. When shopping for face paint, you can avoid potential allergens or hormone disrupting chemicals by steering clear of any paint listing “fragrance” as an ingredient. Want to avoid chemicals altogether? Try this DIY face paint recipe at home, and include the whole family in making it!
Ingredients: Flour, cornstarch, water, honey, natural food coloring
Directions: Mix together flour and cornstarch, and add the honey and water to make a paste. Separate in to smaller bowls and add the natural food coloring.
More of Sophia’s tips can be found at nontoxicliving.tips