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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Halloween, Keep it fun, keep it safe

Ghost, goblins and ghouls aren’t the only things to be concerned about on Halloween. Accidents and mishaps increase dramatically when children trick-or-treat.1 If your family will be out trick-or-treating, think safety first. Here are some tips that may be easy to remember:

Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.2

Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.2

Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.2

Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating. Limit the amount of treats you eat.2

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.2

Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.2

Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.2

Lower your risk for serious eye injury: Don’t wear decorative contact lenses.2

Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.2

Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.2

Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.2

Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses — don’t stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.2

Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.2



Fun facts:

Did you know …

Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green. Great for unique monster carvings.3

Halloween candy sales average about $2 billion annually in the United States.3

Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.3

Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.3

Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.3


Halloween Recipe

Are you creating a menu for your Halloween or Harvest Party? Here’s a delicious recipe for Apple Salad that you can serve as an appetizer, side dish or even dessert. For more holiday recipes check out HalloweenWeb.

Apple Salad4

Recipe Ingredients

•1 (20 oz.) can of crushed pineapple, undrained

•⅔ c. sugar

•1 (3 oz.) pkg. lemon Jello

•1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened

•1 c. diced, unpeeled apples

•1 c. diced celery

•½ c. chopped nuts

•1 c. whipped topping

Combine the sugar and pineapple in a saucepan. Bring to boil and boil for three minutes. Stir in the Jello until dissolved. Add the cream cheese and stir until thoroughly combined. Cool. Fold in apples, celery, chopped nuts, and whipped topping. Pour into a 9”, square baking dish. Chill in fridge until firm. Enjoy.

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