Oct 29, 2013

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Trick or Treat!!

trick-or-treat-2I LOVE this holiday. Halloween is so fun. I love getting dressed up and going to parties. I love planning the costumes – for me and my kids. I love seeing all of the kids come to the door dressed up and ready for candy.

There are photos throughout this post from our open house last year in Long Term Care. Aren’t they great?! For those of you don’t want to brave the elements, come on over to Pella Regional for your Halloween festivities! We are hosting a Halloween Open House this Thursday, October 31, from 6 to 7:30 pm in the Long Term Care Activity Room. Kids can trick-or-treat inside in a safe, enclosed area as residents pass out candy. The event is free and open to the public.

DSC00323My kids are in the countdown to Halloween now. They ask me almost every single day when they can trick-or-treat. They try on their costumes again and again. It’s all so fun.

But it’s also a time to warn kids of some basic safety. I don’t know about your kids, but mine get pretty hyped up and that isn’t a great thing when it’s dark outside and they are running around without thinking anything other than CANDY!!!!!!!!!!!

So, here are some tips I’ve gathered that would be good to share with your kiddos:

• Trick or treat in familiar neighborhoods in groups or with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses; don’t stop at dark houses.

• Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.

DSC00330• Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe. Walk with your head up and be aware of your surroundings.

• Watch out for open flames in jack-o-Lanterns.

• Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls. Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

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

I look forward to this holiday every year and now it’s only days away. I think my best costume ever was when I was a scarecrow in 4th grade. It was itchy as all get out, but totally worth it! What was your best costume ever?

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