Halloween 2009 News Tips Extra!

A few precautions can help keep Halloween safe, fun 
Trick-or-treaters: When making plans for Halloween fun, be sure to include safety precautions in the evening’s line-up, says Dr. Paul Pepe, chairman of emergency medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Read More

How your little monsters can avoid skin rashes
Halloween dress up can be irritating for those with sensitive skin, says Dr. Halliday McDonald, a cosmetic dermatologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Read More

Parents: If trick-or-treating scares your children, don’t force it
Fear can be a thrilling sensation for some kids, especially on Halloween, but parents should not push unwilling children into fear-inducing situations such as trick-or-treating, says Dr. Peter Stavinoha, a neuropsychiatrist at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Read More

Halloween goodies can be good for your kids
If entertaining young ghosts and goblins this Halloween, why not try some healthy alternatives to all those chocolate bars and candy treats? Read More

Allergic to peanuts? Better check those candy labels
Peanut allergy sufferers should take a moment to read ingredient lists before digging into Halloween candy, says Dr. Rebecca Gruchalla, chief of allergy at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Some of the goodies could contain peanuts, peanut byproducts or be made in areas with other peanut-containing foods. Read More

Avoid sweet tooth growth during Halloween outings
Although kids relish the sheer tonnage of candy they can collect in a single Halloween night, parents should set limits on the sugar intake, both for their children and themselves, says Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Read More

Don’t throw out the meat and seeds of a carved pumpkin
Before throwing out the meat and seeds of a carved Halloween pumpkin chew on this: Pumpkin is an excellent source of vitamins A and C and potassium, and the seeds are high in fiber, vitamin B12 and polyunsaturated fatty acids, one of the so-called good fats. Read More