Celebrating a safer and healthier Halloween

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Updated: Thu, 31 Oct 2013 06:25:48 CST

At North Shore Assembly of God's Trunk or Treat, trick or treaters travel from truck to trunk collecting candy.  With parents nearby and the sun still out, Trunk or Treat is a safer alternative to trick or treating once the sun goes down.

The Hastings Police Department says staying safe in the streets while trick or treating is the number one safety concern in Hastings, but they do have more tips. 

"Parents as a precautionary should inspect everything that the children receive before they allow them to have it. Make sure there's nothing there that they wouldn't want them to have," said Sergeant Steve Murphy.

From broken wrappers to homemade treats-- check it out.

Sergeant Murphy says it's thanks to parents staying close by and checking candy that we no longer hear Halloween horror stories like hidden razor blades.  So are those razor spiked apples just a myth?

"Well, at one time it was not. And there were some problems with Halloween candy. Over the years, since the original incidents, I'm not to say it hasn't happened again. I can't remember here in any recent years us having anything like that," said Sergeant Murphy. 

But one thing Halloween treats certainly have plenty of is sugar. So, are there any ways to keep Halloween healthy?

"Sometimes it's just letting them have a little bit of candy. You don't want to completely take it away because it is part of the holiday, but just having a realistic expectation. Maybe it's just one or two pieces a day and you just kind of dole it out that way," said Shannon Frink, a HyVee Dietician. 

And for those wanting to avoid trick or treating after dark and that sugar overload, there are plenty of other ways to celebrate All Hallows' Eve.

"We're having a Saints Parade," said Braden Lindauer, a fifth grader at St. Michael's Elementary. 

At St. Michael's they're celebrating by parading around the school, dressed as their favorite saints.  As they prepare for All Saints Day, it brings the lesson plans to life.

"I picked St. Helen," said fifth grader Cecilia Fanning. 
"Um, Saint Patrick," said Lindauer.