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October 16 – National Boss Day
October 31 - Halloween
Everyone celebrates Halloween in their own
spooky ways, whether it is trick or treating,
Halloween parties, or putting on your own yard
haunt/haunted house. Please be aware of these
safety tips to make sure you Halloween is marked
as a success and not have any injuries.
Safety Tips for Kids
Help your child pick out or make
a costume that will be safe. Make it fire proof,
the eye holes should be large enough for good
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.
Make sure that if your child is
carrying a prop, such as a scythe, butcher knife
or pitchfork, that the tips are smooth and
flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen
Kids always want to help with the
pumpkin carving. Small children shouldn’t be
allowed to use a sharp knife to cut the top or
the face. There are many kits available that
come with tiny saws that work better then knives
and are safer, although you can be cut by them
as well. It is best to let the kids clean out
the pumpkin and draw a face on it, which you can
carve for them.
Teach your kids basic everyday
safety such as not getting into cars or talking
to strangers, watching both ways before crossing
streets and crossing when the lights tell you
to, will help make them safer when they are out
Trick or Treating.
Safety Tips for Adults
Know the route your kids will be
taking if you aren’t going with them.
The best bet is to make sure that
an adult is going with them. If you can’t take
them, see if another parent or a teen aged
sibling can go along.
Know what other activities a
child may be attending, such as parties, school
or mall functions.
Make sure you set a time that
they should be home by. Make sure they know how
important it is for them to be home on time.
Explain to the children the
difference between tricks and vandalism.
Throwing eggs at a house may seem like fun but
they need to know the other side of the coin as
well, clean up and damages can ruin Halloween.
If they are caught vandalizing, make them clean
up the mess they’ve made.
Explain to your kids that animal
cruelty is not acceptable. Kids may know this on
their own but peer pressure can be a bad thing.
Make sure they know that harming animals is not
only morally wrong but punishable by law and
will not be tolerated.
Safety Tips for Parties
If using dry ice in a punch bowl,
make sure that the person serving keeps any dry
ice chips out of drinks! It can cause severe
injury if ingested.
If you are holding your party in
your house, make sure that you move any
breakable pieces of furniture or knick-knacks to
another room where they can’t get broken. A
forgotten heirloom vase that hits the floor
could ruin the night for you.
To keep things moving for either
an adult party or child’s party, make sure that
you have some games, like scavenger hunt or a
murder mystery planned in advance.
If you are planning a party for
your kids and their friends, see if you can get
some of the other parents to help out with the
planning, baking and what ever else needs to be
done. Make a block party out of it!
Whip up a batch of Halloween
cupcakes the day before, have the kids help you
out. Any treats or party food that can be made
in advance is always a big help!
Having a pumpkin carving party on
the night before Halloween can be a great way to
start off festivities. Either adults, kids or
both, you can have a wonderful time and get all
your pumpkins carved at the same time!
Set up a table with treats, punch
and goodies in your front yard if you live in a
small neighborhood. Invite the children and
their parents to stop by for refreshments,
you’ll start a small party right in your front
yard! Just make sure you set up a nice yard
Safety Tips for Trick or Treating
Children should go out during
daylight hours only unless accompanied by a
Plan a safe route so parents know
where their older kids will be all times. Set a
time for their return home. Make sure that your
child is old enough and responsible enough to go
out by themselves.
Let your children know not to cut
through back alleys and fields. Make sure they
know to stay in populated places and don’t go
off the beaten track. Stay in well lighted
Stop at only familiar houses in
your neighborhood unless they are accompanied by
Small children should never be
allowed to go out alone on Halloween. Make sure
an older sibling is with them.
Instruct your children not to eat
any treats until they bring them home to be
examined by you.
Instruct your child to never go
into the home of a stranger or get into their
Make sure your child carries a
flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on
their costume to make them more visible to cars.
Let them know that they should
stay together as a group if going out to Trick
or Treat without an adult.
Safety Tips for Pets
As much as your dog or cat may
beg for some of your Halloween candy, always
remembers that chocolate is deadly to them in
If you work in a pet store,
remember that this is the time of year that can
be deadly for black cats. Some sick people who
play at being what they’ll call a Satanist will
buy them to “sacrifice”. If you can, don’t take
any black cats or sell them during October.
The wrappers, such as tin foil,
can get stuck in your pets digestive tract and
make them ill or cause death. There are plenty
of recipes for making homemade dog and cat
Dogs can have lethal tails,
wagging all over the place. Don’t leave any
lighted candles or Jack-O-Lanterns where they
could be knocked over by a swinging tail or by a
curious cat. Not only could your pet start a
fire but they could severely burn themselves in
If you are going to dress your
pet in a costume, keep in mind that unless the
dog or cat is extremely receptive to this kind
of thing, you could be causing it discomfort and
stress. Some animals don’t mind at all but
others do not want to be bothered with this kind
of thing. They will be under enough stress with
the festivities going on outside and people at
the door constantly to don’t cause them any more
nervousness then you have to. You may love to
dress in costume but then, you are not a dog or
If you put a mask of some type on
your animal, make sure that the eye holes are
big enough for them to see peripherally. Animals
depend on their vision to let them know what ‘s
going on and even the nicest dog can get snippy
if he can’t see what’s around him. In fact masks
are not a good idea.
If you are having an indoor
party, make sure that you put your dog or cat in
a room where they won’t be disturbed. Unless
your pet is ultra friendly and doesn’t mind loud
noises, music and lots of people you should keep
them separate for the night. Also, be careful
your cat or dog does not dart out through the
open door as you hand out candy. Best bet is to
just put them in a room with some food and water
for the night and check on them once in a while
to let them know everything is fine.
are some Halloween Superstitions. Are they real?
Are they fake? If you are daring, test them and
Burn a candle inside a
jack-o-lantern on Halloween keeps evil spirits
If a candle suddenly goes out by
itself on Halloween, as though by breath or
wind, it is believed that a ghost has come to
Always burn new candles on
Halloween to ensure the best of luck. It is not
a good idea to burn Halloween candles at any
other time of the year. It may bring bad luck or
strange things will happen to you, over which
you will have no control.
Gazing into a flame of a candle
on Halloween night will enable you to peer into
Girls who carry a lamp to a
spring of water on this night can see their
future husband in the reflection.
It is believed that if a person
lights a new orange colored candle at midnight
on Halloween and lets it burn until sunrise, he
or she will be the recipient of good luck.
If you hear footsteps trailing
close behind you on Halloween night, do not turn
around to see who it is, for it may be Death
himself! To look Death in the eye, according to
ancient folklore, is a sure way to hasten your
To cast a headless shadow or not
shadow at all is still believed by many folks in
the United States and Europe to be an omen of
death in the course of the next year.
The old Celtic custom was to
light great bonfires on Halloween and after
these had burned out to make a circle of the
ashes of each fire. Within this circle, and near
the circumference, each member of the various
families that had helped to make a fire would
place a pebble. If, on the next day, any stone
was displaced, or had been damaged, it was
considered to be an indication that the one to
whom the stone belonged would die within twelve
According to an old English folk
belief, you will invite bad luck into your home
if you allow a fire to burn out on Halloween. To
remedy the situation, the fire must be rekindled
by a lighted sod brought from the home of a
If a bat flies around a house three times, it is
considered to be a death omen.
A person born on Halloween can both see and talk
Knocking on wood keeps the bad luck away.
If you see a spider on Halloween, it could be
the spirit of a dead loved one who is watching
Put your clothes on inside out and walk
backwards on Halloween night to meet a witch.
You should walk around your home three times
backwards and counterclockwise before sunset on
Halloween to ward off evil spirits.
Britain, people believed that the Devil was a
nut-gatherer. At Halloween, nuts were used as