Halloween Ideas

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    HalloweenHalloween is creeping up on us - here's a reminder of some great Halloween Fun & Safety articles!

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    Halloween-FunHalloween doesn't have to be scary. True, hazards abound on All Hallows Eve: Fire Hazards from Candles and Jack-o-Lanterns, Traffic Accident and Visibility issues with Costumes, Candy horror stories and drunk drivers... but following some simple safety precautions can help you make Halloween Fun and Safe for Kids and Adults.

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    Halloween, fin for kids and adults, but remember safety.

    We've spent a lot of time gathering and presenting Halloween Safety Tips over the years... these things don't change much, but you really should refresh your memory  whether you have kids or not, whether you are venturing out for Halloween festivities or not - there's something here for everyone:

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  • Halloween does not have to be dangerous

    First of All - LIGHT IT UP THIS HALLOWEEN! Dark is not only spooky, but dangerous, too - carry light sticks and flashlights when you go out - see where you are headed, and make sure others (especially drivers!) see you.

    Make sure Costumes are safe:

    • 100_6937Only purchase or make Costumes from flame retardant materials
    • Trim costumes with reflective tape
    • Carry flashlights (glow sticks, flaming skulls, light sabers, etc.)
    • Costumes should be short enough to prevent children from tripping and falling
    • Wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes
    • Masks should fit! Using face paint or make-up whenever possible is a great alternative
    • Make certain the eye holes are large enough for good peripheral vision
    • Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be of soft and flexible material
    • If it’s cold outside, wear warm clothes under the costume and carry body warmers!

    If you set jack-o-lanterns on your porch with candles in them, make sure that they are far enough out of the way so that kids costumes won't accidentally be set on fire.

    See our Unique Halloween Ideas and read some of our other Halloween Safety Articles:

  • Halloween Safety

    There are many ways to keep a child safe at Halloween, when they are more prone to accidents and injuries.

    SamheinHalloween was originally a Celtic celebration (Samhein) to welcome in the winter season. During this time, the Celts would open up their burial mounds allowing the spirits of their dead to walk through the village during the celebration. These wandering spirits would either bring safety to the villagers during the winter (Treat) or they would usher in cold, hard times (Trick).

    IMG_5177Now that Halloween has lost some if its more sinister connotations, it has become an event based on fun and fantasy for adults and children alike. The excitement of children and adults at this time of year sometimes makes them forget to be careful. Simple common sense can do a lot to stop any tragedies from happening.

    The marketplace sees Halloween as mainly a “sales event preparation” – an event that prepares retailers and consumers for the major holidays to follow – Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and Valentines Day. Here;s our pitch at that:

    Some Good Safety Precautions and Tips for Halloween:

    Trick or Treat shouldn't be Trick or Threat. Going door to door is the stuff of childhood memories! It should be a fun time, without trouble and worry, so following these easy safety tips can keep your child safe every Halloween.

    • Be careful when crossing streets.
    • Walk on sidewalks, not in the street.
    • Walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic if there are no sidewalks.
    • An ADULT should always accompany children
    • Don’t talk to strangers
    • Children should go only to homes where the residents are known
    • Only visit houses with outside lights ON
    • Never, ever go inside to collect candy

    Speaking if Candy... Do not eat anything you receive while Trick-or-Treating until it is checked by an adult

    • Food may be contaminated - Consider Allergies - Perform Candy Checks
      • Carefully check all candy received as soon as the Trick-or-Treaters arrive home
      • Remove all tampered, old, and “funny looking” candy
      • Hospitals and Police Stations will check candy for FREE
      • Bring your own candy to eat while Trick-or-Treating

    Read some of our other Halloween Safety Articles:

  • Halloween Fire

    Halloween is Creeping up on us, and at the same time it is Fire Safety Month...any idea why?

    In this country more than 100 people die each year as a result of their clothes catching on fire. Decorations for special events and holidays, usually involving candles, result in an average of 800 home fires each year. These fires cause nearly $4,000,000 in property damage each year. That is why although Halloween should be a time of fun and celebration, children need to be closely supervised and their costumes should be chosen with fire safety in mind.

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    Take simple fire safety precautions, like making sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame-resistant. Read all of NFPA's Halloween safety tips and download the NFFPA free safety tip sheet.

    Planning ahead can help make this Halloween a fire-safe one. Taking simple fire safety precautions, like making sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame-resistant, can prevent fires. During the five-year-period of 2006-2010, NFPA estimates that decorations were the item first ignited in an estimated average of 1,000 reported home structure fires per year. These fires caused an estimated average of six civilian deaths, 53 civilian injuries and $16 million in direct property damage per year.


    Video: NFPA's Lisa Braxton says planning ahead can help make this Halloween a fire-safe one. Taking simple fire safety precautions, like making sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame-resistant, can prevent fires.

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    Video: NFPA's Judy Comoletti says planning ahead can help make Halloween a fire-safe one.

    Beware! Haunting Halloween Fire Hazards

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  • Trick or Treat?

    Are your kids ready to trick or treat? From costumes to candles, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) offers guidelines to make sure your family has a ghoulishly good time.

    Choosing a costume for your child can be fun but remember to choose wisely. Look for items labeled flame resistant. Costumes should also be brightly colored or trimmed with reflective tape to make them more visible to motorists at night. Masks should have eye and nose holes for adequate visibility and breathing.

    The trick to a safe Halloween celebration is to choose wisely from the start," said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. "Make selections with safety in mind. Choose well-fitting costumes flame-resistant materials and the appropriate tools for decorating. The treat is keeping your family safe this holiday

    13024a_largeThe CPSC encourages parents to:

    • Use LED lights to illuminate jack-o-lanterns;
    • Always accompany small children while visiting homes; and
    • Warn children not to eat treats until an adult has checked for evidence of tampering.

    Also remember:

    Decorations

    • Outside your home, use flameless candles or keep burning candles and jack-o'-lanterns away from landings and doorsteps, where trick-or-treaters' costumes could brush against the flame.
    • Remove obstacles from lawns, steps, and porches when expecting trick-or-treaters.
    • When indoors, keep candles and jack-o'-lanterns away from curtains, other decorations, and other items that could ignite. Do not leave burning candles unattended.
    • Whether indoors or outside, use only decorative light strands that have been tested for safety by a recognized testing laboratory. Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Discard damaged sets.
    • Don't overload extension cords.

    Costumes

    • When purchasing costumes, masks, beards, and wigs, look for flame-resistant fabrics, such as nylon or polyester; or look for the label "Flame Resistant." Flame-resistant fabrics will resist burning and should extinguish quickly. To reduce the risk of contact with candles and other fire sources, avoid costumes made with flimsy materials and outfits with big, baggy sleeves, large capes, or billowing skirts.
    • Purchase or make costumes that are brightly colored and clearly visible to motorists.
    • For greater visibility during dusk and darkness, decorate or trim costumes and treat bags with reflective tape that will glow in the beam of a car's headlights. Bags or sacks also should be brightly colored or decorated with reflective tape. Reflective tape is usually available in hardware, bicycle, and sporting goods stores.
    • Children should carry flashlights to be able to see and be seen.
    • To guard against trips and falls, costumes should fit well and not drag on the ground.
    • Children should wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes. High heels are not a good idea.
    • Tie hats and scarves securely to prevent them from slipping over children's eyes and obstructing their vision.
    • If your child wears a mask, make sure it fits securely, provides adequate ventilation, and has holes large enough to allow full vision.
    • Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be made of soft, flexible material.

    Treats

    • Children should not eat any treats before an adult has examined them carefully for evidence of tampering.
    • Carefully examine any toys or novelty items received by trick-or-treaters who are younger than 3 years of age. Do not allow young children to have any items that are small enough to present a choking hazard or that have small parts or components that could separate during use and present a choking hazard.

    Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

     

  • Our Customers Laugh at Us: And We Like It!

    We love playing around.. you'll see more silliness this Month, but we'd like to share some of our past Halloween Dress Up Adventures with you now... we're full of great Halloween Ideas. (Or at least WE think so!)

    Don't miss last year's other Halloween Fun - Kitty Litter Cake

     

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