Posts Tagged ‘trick-or-treat’

Trick-or-treating safety tips

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

jackolanternMy little girl has been begging to wear her Halloween costume ever since we bought it. Tonight, she finally gets to dress up as a super hero – Wonder Woman, to be exact. I’ll admit; the costume is pretty cool!

If you’re heading out for trick-or-treating today, the American Academy of Pediatrics offers some helpful safety tips:

• Make sure that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping or contact with any open flame.
• Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
• Use a flashlight and keep your group together.
• Carry a cellphone.
• Stay on well-lit streets and use the sidewalk.
• If no sidewalk is available, walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic.
• Use crosswalks when crossing the street.
• Teach your child how to call 911(or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or get lost.
• Check candy and other treats before eating. Throw out any spoiled or unwrapped treats.

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Has Halloween been postponed?

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

halloweenHurricane Sandy has made a mess of so much, including Halloween. It’s too dangerous in many neighborhoods to go out and the little ghosts and goblins I know are pretty disappointed. Here’s a suggestion:

Make a few “houses” in your home (under the dining room table, in the bathroom, in the bedrooms) and supply each one with a couple of treats. Then let your tots dress up in their fun clothes and knock on the door of each “house.”  If you have a next door neighbor with kids, invite them over. You can make funny faces with flashlights and tell silly stories. (I’d steer clear of the scary stuff. Sandy brought enough scary to last a very long time.)

Our town has postponed trick-or-treating to Saturday, but we’re still going to have some fun tonight.  Happy Halloween!

Halloween safety tips

Monday, October 12th, 2009

39191668_thbIt’s hard to believe, but Halloween is right around the corner. My husband and I are both off from work today, so we’re headed out to buy decorations and mums for the front stoop. Our little pumpkin is too young for trick-or-treating, but it’s not too soon for us to learn how to enjoy this holiday safely with her. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has some helpful Halloween safety tips on their website. Click here to check them out.

The best Halloween costumes

Friday, October 31st, 2008

I’m totally convinced that the best costumes out there are homemade.  Not only are the kids looking great and having a blast, but you can see Mom or Dad hanging back in the bushes beaming with pride over their creativity.  (Then there are the folks who are experts at tracking down truly outrageous costumes for a pittance on e-bay.  They get kudos, too.)

When I was a kid, we all were pirates and ballerinas, ghosts and princesses and ugly witches.  These days, however, it seems that kids and parents are getting incredibly creative with costumes and makeup and I just love opening the front door on Halloween.  Here are a few of the more memorable costumes in our family:

My step-daughter once was an alarm clock with two big bells on her head.

My nephew over the years has been a large cup of water (with a PVC straw); a box of popcorn (think of stringing a tree at Christmas and moving the garlands of popcorn to the top of his head); and a bulldozer.

Two years ago, my grandson was the Empire State Building (it took forever to draw in all those windows!).  Last year he was a Tivo box.  He has decided to be a cup of Starbuck’s coffee this year.

I think my favorite of recent years was my co-worker who, draped in black cloth from head to toe, announced that she was “Death by Chocolate!”

Send us links to your pictures and have fun!