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Have a Happy, Safe Halloween!

26 Oct

My love of Halloween is no secret among my friends. I adore all of the rituals, from decorating the house and baking pumpkin-shaped cookies to carving jack-o-lanterns and handing out candy. To make sure your family has a great October 31st, check out the following safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Halloween Safety Tips


  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
  • If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
  • Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
  • Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections.


  • Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers.  Then parents can do the cutting.
  • Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. If you do use a candle, a votive candle is safest.
  • Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and should never be left unattended.


  • To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.
  • Parents should check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
  • Wet leaves should be swept from sidewalks and steps.


  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.

Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or Treaters:

  • Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
  • Carry a cell phone for quick communication.
  • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
  • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
  • Never cut across yards or use alleys.
  • Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
  • Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!


  • A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.
  • Consider purchasing non-food treats for those who visit your home, such as coloring books or pens and pencils.
  • Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
  • Try to ration treats for the days following Halloween.

For more information, visit www.aap.org.


The Trick to a Fun, Safe Halloween

19 Oct

An ongoing battle with my 5-year-old over this year’s costume (he wants to be a ninja-cowboy-wizard—don’t ask; I want him to wear the astronaut suit Grandma ransomed from FAO Schwartz!) hasn’t dampened my excitement about trick-or-treating.  We live in a busy subdivision; last year, we handed out 135 Twix bars and M&Ms to tiny witches and wee tigers!  This year we’re heading once again to a friend’s neighborhood, a network of about 100 homes accessed via a single street entrance.  The minimal car traffic combined with hordes of kids does this mama’s heart good.

I also try to follow these tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Have a safe, funny, happy Halloween!

Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.

Avoid trick-or-treating alone.  Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them.  Limit the amount of treats you eat.

Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.

Always test make-up in a small area first.  Remove it before bedtime to prevent skin and eye irritation.

Look both ways before crossing the street.  Use established crosswalks wherever possible.

Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.

Only walk on sidewalks or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.

Eat only factory-wrapped treats.  Avoid eating homemade treats unless you know the cook well.

Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult.  Otherwise, stay outside.

Never walk near lit candles or luminaries.  Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

For more tips, visit http://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/.

Boo at the Zoo

4 Oct

The Fort Worth Zoo once again presents Boo at the Zoo!  This year, the event will take place from noon to 5 pm, October 22-24 and 29-31.  H0pefully the new daytime hours will make it easier for those of us with small children!

Despite the time change, Boo at the Zoo will still feature many of the same great events as in previous years.

Some of the scheduled activities include:

  • Carnival games
  • Treat stations
  • Tot Spot for the “little ghouls”
  • And animals galore!

Activities will take place at the Zoo’s special events site (Chesapeake Pavilions), but the entire park will be decorated for Halloween.  Don’t forget your costumes!

Admission prices

$3 per person (includes all ages) to enter Boo at the Zoo, after paying Zoo admission

Zoo admission:

  • $12 for adults (ages 13+)
  • $9 for children (ages 3-12)
  • $9 for seniors (ages 65+)
  • Free for toddlers (ages 2 and under)
  • Free for Zoo members (but you still have to pay to enter Boo at the Zoo)
  • Parking is $5 and Free for Zoo members
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