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Wednesday 28th , 2015
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Halloween is an imaginative holiday that affords children and adults alike many benefits that extend well beyond a sugary treat.  With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Halloween is an opportunity to slow down for a moment and enjoy quality time with friends and family.  It’s an excuse to host or attend a party to socialize and reconnect with one another.  Halloween also conjures up wholesome family memories of baking cookies and annual outings to select and carve a pumpkin.  

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Once a year children have the unique opportunity to experience the gift of receiving by visiting people’s homes and asking for a treat.   Meanwhile, adults can experience the gift of giving through the distribution of candy, toys, or healthy snacks.  The act of trick-or-treating builds communities by getting out and meeting your neighbors.  It’s a chance to introduce yourself to someone on your block that you’ve never met or further strengthen an existing relationship. 

Halloween is a special time of imaginative play where children and adults can explore what it is like to be their favorite character, real-life hero, animal, or whatever else they can possibly dream up.  To ensure that everyone has a spooky good time, it is important to be mindful of a couple of safety tips. 

Costumes:

  • 2437 Be seen with the use of reflective tape and/or glow-in-the dark accessories to be incorporated on the front and back of costumes and even trick-or-treat bags.  Carrying a flashlight will help you safely find your way and draw people’s attention to your location. (Insert Street Crossing Image)
  • Make sure wigs and beards don’t cover your kids’ eyes, noses, or mouths.  Opt for make-up instead of masks for better visibility. 
  • Wear costumes that fit properly and avoid high-heeled shoes that are potential trip hazards. 
  • Only buy or make costumes with flame-retardant materials, such as nylon or polyester. 

Decorating Do's and Don’ts:

  • Remove any potential trip hazards on your walkways or lawns, including extension cords for Halloween decorations.
  • Make sure the lights are on outside your house and light the walkway to your door.
  • Jack-o-lanterns should be strategically placed so they can be seen but don’t block the flow of traffic on landings and doorsteps.  For fire safety it is recommended to utilize LED candles.  

On the Hunt for Treats:

  • 2438 Accompany young children, under the age of 12, and stay in close proximity at all times.  For older kids who are trick-or treating on their own, find out the route they’ll be taking and establish a time of when they will be returning home.
  • Only go to houses with porch lights on and walk on sidewalks.  Alleys should be avoided and utilize crosswalks when crossing streets.
  • Stay away from candles and other flames.
  • Alert children never to go into strangers’ homes or cars. 
  • Parents should check all treats to make sure everything is sealed.  Throw out candy with torn packages or holes, and homemade treats given by a stranger.  Be on the lookout for treats that could trigger your child’s allergies.  

With a few quick and easy precautions you can keep Halloween a favorite holiday that the entire family will continue to enjoy for many years to come.  Happy Halloween!

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MaryAnn Viviano, Business Operations Director, has been with Kidspace Children’s Museum since 2004.  Prior experience includes working for the American Red Cross after receiving a BA in Communications from the University of Texas at Austin.