Chowline: Safe Halloween Treats Without the Scary Tricks

One good way to inspect the candy is to take a close look at the candy under a bright light, paying close attention to whether it has been unwrapped and re-wrapped………….

Trick or treat is next week and this is the first year my little guy is old enough to go out candy gathering. What can I do to make sure he is safe, but also has a good time trick-or-treating?

In terms of food safety, parents can use a few quick checks to evaluate if treats contain allergens relevant to their child, if the product’s package integrity has been tampered with, or if a treat represents a choking hazard based on the child’s age.

The first thing you can do is make sure your kiddo understands that he is not to eat any candy or other treats that he bags during trick-or-treat until after you have had a chance to inspect those goodies at home.

One good way to inspect the candy is to take a close look at the candy under a bright light, paying close attention to whether it has been unwrapped and re-wrapped, if the paper is ripped or if the candy has a funny or unusual smell, says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

You should also check to see if the candy had any discoloration, tiny pinholes or has any stains on the wrapping and whether or not the candy or treat is in its original packaging, FDA says.

To help your little one avoid the temptation of sneaking a piece of Halloween candy before they get home, it’s a good idea to make sure your child has already eaten dinner or some kind of snack before going trick-or-treating.

Other trick-or-treat tips from FDA:

  • For children with food allergies, you should always check the candy or treat label to ensure the allergen isn’t present.
  • Make sure you tell your kids not to eat anything that isn’t commercially wrapped. That includes homemade caramel or candy apples, popcorn balls and rice crispy treats.
  • Parents of very young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys from the Halloween trick-or-treat bags.
  • Throw away anything that looks suspicious.

FDA also has some safety tips for those who plan to attend Halloween parties:

  • Unpasteurized juices – like raw apple cider – are at higher risk for containing foodborne pathogens. Look for the warning label to identify juice that hasn’t been pasteurized or otherwise processed, especially packaged juice products made on site. If unsure, always ask if juice has been pasteurized or not. Normally, juice in boxes, bottles or cans from your grocer’s frozen food case, refrigerated section, or shelf has been pasteurized.
  • Before bobbing for apples, you can help reduce bacteria levels on the surface by thoroughly rinsing the apples under cool running water and using a produce brush to remove surface dirt.

“You should also be sure to use potable water and a clean, food grade container for the game,” said Abigail Snyder, an assistant professor and food safety field specialist in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University. “To reduce the risk of spreading foodborne illnesses even further, consider an alternative game other than bobbing for apples for your Halloween party.”

Other than that, have a great time trick-or-treating! And make sure you remind the kiddos to brush their teeth after eating all those great Halloween treats and remember not to eat too much at a time – they might end up with a scary tummy ache!

Chow Line is a service of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and its outreach and research arms, OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Send questions to Chow Line, c/o Tracy Turner, 364 W. Lane Ave., Suite B120, Columbus, OH 43201, or

BG Curling Club Now Open in Their New Location

New location at 19901 N. Dixie Highway, BG



The Black Swamp Curling Center is officially open! And we have lots of opportunities for you to get involved!


League Registration

We still have openings in our curling leagues. No experience is necessary. Did you know that you can even sign up as an individual and we will put you on a team? League play begins on October 29 and ends in April! Register here:

  • Sunday League 5:30 -7:30
  • Monday (Men’s) League7:00-9:00
  • Tuesday (Mixed Doubles) League 7:00-9:00
  • Wednesday League 7:00-9:00
  • Thursday League 7:00-9:00


Starter League

Want to try curling but not ready for a full league? Try one of our 6 week Starter Leagues. Each week you will get instruction plus the chance to curl a game. Register here:


Tuesdays 6:45-9:00pm (Begins October 31)

Sundays 2:45-5:00pm (Begins November 5)




Event Rentals

Are you interested in hosting a corporate event, team building session or holiday party at the Black Swamp Curling Center? Contact us for more information:


General Questions

You can always reach us at if you have questions about curling, our facility or how you can get involved.



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Good curling!

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Bowling Green, OH


3 Activities for Food and Fun in Cooler Weather

A change of seasons is a great time to change up your routine…………..

(Family Features) When the weather cools down, parents begin to look for indoor activities to keep their kids busy and entertained.

Singer, actress and mother Christina Milian feels it’s important to fuel family fun with activities that strike a balance of fun and food, not just for kids but parents, too. One of her go-to spots for family fun and food during the fall and beyond is Chuck E. Cheese’s, along with a few suggestions for indoor activities to help beat boredom during the cooler months.

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“A change of seasons is a great time to change up your routine,” Millian said. “Fall offers new opportunities to entertain at home and new foods to feed your little ones. A couple of my go-to at-home activities include a build-your-own pizza night or a karaoke party.”

A Build-Your-Own Pizza Night
Trying new recipes with your kids is one way to make the most out of family time at home.  With all of the toppings to choose from, a build-your-own pizza night is a simple way to allow kids to have some hands-on fun in the kitchen and taste their own creations.

A Karaoke Party
Karaoke is a simple yet fun way to keep kids entertained while at home. To turn it up a notch, make it into family dance night and encourage your kids to create their own choreographed dance routines to their favorite karaoke songs.

A Night Out for Dinner and Games
With hundreds of locations across the country, a restaurant such as Chuck E. Cheese’s can provide fun for the whole family while offering a menu that features something for every palate; including options like classic pepperoni pizza, salads and wraps. The restaurant also offers games for kids of all ages, and tickets can be redeemed for prizes that bring the fun home.

Find more ways to keep the whole family entertained as the weather cools at


Chuck E. Cheese