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Friday, October 31, 2014

Mama on a Budget: The Fort is officially haunted, and other Safety Tips

Happy Halloween Fort Thomas

The scariest day of the year will bring with it something even scarier; have you seen the weather report? It is a very spooky and scary one with the most terrifying word heard round all of Cincinnati:  snow!  If you remember, last year we had driving rain and 20 mph wind gusts on Halloween.  Personally, I believe two years of Halloween weather-terror can only mean one thing: the Fort is officially haunted.

However, you can still have an enjoyable Halloween despite the spooky snow and terrifying rain.  To help you make it through the holiday alive, here is a list of Safety Tips and “Tricks” to make your night more enjoyable:

· Plan your trick-or-treat route and make sure to know where your children are going at all times. A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children as they make their way around the neighborhood. Maybe consider cutting your typical route in half due to the cold temperatures and rain.  Holidays should be fun so even if you haven’t maximized your potential candy haul, if you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong!
· Make sure trick-or-treaters have flashlights. Add reflective tape to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags. Have everyone wear light-colored clothing in order to be seen.
· Visit only the homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door, and never go inside. (Unless you hit up Brandon Phillips house and he invites you in. Then you go inside!)
· Consider using face paint instead of masks, which can cover the eyes and make it hard to see. Also may consider wearing a hat and gloves and layering clothing underneath the costume.
· Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic. Look both ways before crossing the street and cross only at the corner. Don’t cut across yards or use alleys. Don’t cross between parked cars.
· Be cautious around pets and any other animals.

Candy Safety:
We know you want to dig into your goody bag ASAP, but parents need to check your candy before you eat it! Throw out anything that's unwrapped or homemade, unless you personally know who made it and gave it to you. If you have a younger sibling, it's a good idea to get rid of any treats that could be easily choked on, like gum, peanuts and small, hard candies.

Leave your best tips for a fun and safe Halloween in the comments section below.  Fort Thomas Trick-or-Treating is 6-8pm. Happy Halloween!
May the Force be with you

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