Halloween Food Safety

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Kim

Happy Halloween everyone!  Tonight is the night when many will roam the streets and knock on doors yelling “Trick or Treat!”.  There are several things to keep in mind to keep our trick or treaters safe on Halloween night from walking in a group, with a buddy or trusted adult to what type of costume to wear that will provide some warmth on this cold Midwest evening….brrrrrr – that is almost as frightful as Halloween can be! However, what I am going to offer today are some food safety reminders as they relate to Halloween, mainly on the topic of “food inspection”.  Continue reading “Halloween Food Safety”

Halloween Party Ideas

 

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Halloween is right around the corner and it’s time to start planning your Halloween menu for those great Halloween parties. With the help of the very best Social Media and Video crew we put together our 2nd Annual Coborn’s Halloween Video. It was completed with a lot of laughs and a lot of makeup. We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed creating it! Continue reading “Halloween Party Ideas”

Cut Down on Candy this Halloween

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Kim

Happy Halloween! It is now that scary time of year when ghosts and goblins visit our homes looking for treats.  But that’s not the scariest part……oh no, much scarier than the ghosts and goblins is the number of sweet treats that will now enter our homes.  Some ways to combat the “scariness” are to set limits on the amount of sweet treats that are consumed.

  • Have kids pick out their favorite items and let them “treat” themselves once a week to an item.
  • Offer kids the opportunity to “trade” the candy for something else they would like.
  • Participate in a “candy buy back” in your community.  Often dentist offices will offer this program.
  • Or create your own “candy buy back” with your kids.  *Now keep in mind, this doesn’t mean you have to eat all the treats!  Bring them to the office and put them on your desk or in the employee breakroom.  Portion control is always key and there is definitely something to be said for the more people you put in the mix, the less you are apt to eat yourself!

There is still another scary part we haven’t touched on and that is what treats to offer the ghosts and goblins that come knocking at your door.  Candy bars, lollipops and gummy bears, oh my!!  There certainly are more nutritious alternatives than these.  Consider these options:

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Although a homemade snack might be more nutritious than some store bought items, from a food safety perspective this is still something that is taboo.  These are often thought of as items that could have been tampered with and all your creative efforts could ultimately end up in the trash.  Use these efforts on family and friends or throw a neighborhood Halloween party where all can enjoy your wonderful creations!

*Another good alternative is non-food snacks – stickers, tattoos, pencils, crayons, small notepads.  Kids will have a great time with these as well.  Let’s not forget one very positive thing about Halloween… Kids are active! – walking from house to house getting some exercise and fresh air.  So don’t give in to driving them around the neighborhood!  Walk with them and enjoy the time together!  Have a safe and fun Halloween!

Kim
Coborn’s, Inc. RD and Food Safety Coordinator

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