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Have a SPOOK-tacularly Safe Halloween

Have you heard that all month long Kidspace will have SPOOK-tacular fun Halloween activities that the whole family can enjoy?! Visit our photo booth and snap a family picture in front of a haunted backdrop.  Participate in a Halloween Scavenger Hunt and follow clues that leads to a sweet reward. Back by popular demand is not just one but two Haunted Arroyo nights on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 21 from 5-8pm. Haunted Arroyo is a glow in the dark Halloween extravaganza with potion making, glowing lanterns, face painting and a Monster Mash dance party. To conclude the season is Kidspace’s 24th Annual Pumpkin Festival, October 27 & 28, with a petting zoo, pony rides, bouncers, carnival games, live music, and seasonal crafts.

All of these activities lead up to Halloween, a wonderfully imaginative day that affords children and adults alike many benefits that extends well beyond getting a piece of candy. 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. It’s also a great opportunity to build community by getting out and meeting your neighbors.

 

Kidspace likes celebrating the Halloween season because it features imaginative play, something that we try to highlight every day at the museum. Halloween allows children and adults the opportunity to explore what it is like to be their favorite character, animal, real-life hero, or whatever else they can possibly dream up. Another key principle at Kidspace is having fun while also being safe. Here are a couple of simple tips to keep your little ghosts and goblins safe this Halloween.

 

Costumes:

  • Be seen with the use of reflective tape and/ 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.
  • 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 lights. 
  • 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 battery operated candles.

 

On the Hunt for Treats:

  • 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 establishing a time of when they are to return home.
  • Only go to houses with porch lights on and walk on sidewalks on well lit areas. 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 anything that could trigger your child’s allergies. 
 

 

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MaryAnn Viviano is the Chief Operations Officer and 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.