Dr. Whelan wants to debunk some major myths about the holiday.
- There's no scientific evidence kids are more hyperactive after eating Halloween candy. They're more likely to be hyperactive because they're getting to bed late.
- Razors in candy? "Forgettaboutit!" She says it just doesn't happen.
- Candy coloring won't hurt you. The doctor claims there's no evidence dyes and colorings hurt your health.
- Stop worrying about flame retardants in costumes. A greater risk would be a lack of such protection on a night when candles are everywhere.
Here's what parents should do according to the doc:
- Keep kids in sight on their tick-or-treating rounds.
- Make sure masks don't block kids' ability to see traffic.
- Give children a substantial meal before setting out, they'll be less likely to gorge on goodies.