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Before we know it, Halloween will be upon us.  Here are some tips to help you ensure a happy yet safe Halloween.

For Children:
– Don’t trick or treat without parents.
– Cross streets only at corners.
– Never cross the street between parked cars.
– Carry a flashlight or glow stick and/or wear reflective tape.
– Be aware of motor vehicles that may be turning into or backing out of driveways.
– Never go into a stranger’s house.

For Parents:
– Walk with your children or make sure children are accompanied by a trusted adult.
– Make sure trick-or-treaters will be safe when visiting your home. Remove lawn decorations and sprinklers, toys and bicycles or anything that might obstruct your walkway. Provide a well-lit outside entrance to your home. Keep family pets away from trick-or-treaters.
– Explain to children the difference between tricks and vandalism.
– Instruct children NOT to eat treats until they return home and parents have had a chance to inspect those treats.
– Don’t leave candles unattended, try votive candles in your jack o lanterns.

Costume Safety Tips:
– Costumes, masks, beards and wigs should be flame resistant.
– Costumes should be light, bright and clearly visible to motorists; adding reflective tape can help make your child more visible to motorists.
– Make-up is safer than a mask, which can obscure vision. Test the make-up to make sure your child doesn’t have an allergic reaction.
– Avoid over-sized costumes and high-heeled shoes that can cause a child to trip.
– Children should carry a flashlight to easily see and be seen.
– Trick-or-treat bags should not be too large; they can obscure vision or cause a child to trip.

Halloween Hazards:
• Sharp or pointed toy weapons.
• Open flames.
• Dangerous roadways.
• Treacherous “treats” – examine all treats for signs of tampering and choking hazards. Children should not eat homemade treats made by strangers.
• Do not allow children to carve pumpkins alone (special pumpkin cutters for kids are available at your local grocery or Halloween store).

** Consider attending a carnival or festival offered by many schools and faith communities in your area.

Wish you all have a great Halloween!!  

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I like making simple crafts at the end of preschool storytimes. Many of the crafts are my personal creations and do not require fancy materials. In response to parents’ request, I am posting some of our favorite ones here. Since they are so easy, I am not going to write detailed directions. You will know most of it by looking at the pictures. Have fun!

Pizze Costume
We made this pizza costume last Halloween and had a parade in the library. Everyone just loved it!

*The pizza crust is from a paper grocery bag. Cut an up-side-down triangle from the open side of the bag. Cut a hole in the middle of the closed side (bottom) of the bag.
*Cut out “pepperoni”, “green pepper”, “mushroom” shapes from colored paper. Cut small pieces of yellow and white yarns as “cheese”. Crumble small brown tissue pieces into balls to make sausage.
*Glue all the “ingredients” onto the “crust”.

Mother’s Day Wristband
We made this pretty wristband for Mother’s Day. The message on the strip said “Happy Mother’s Day” in English and Chinese.

*Cut out flower padels from any colorful paper, even tissue paper will work.
*Have children glue flower padels and a pompom on the strip then staple/tape the ends of strip together.

Duck Mask
“Here a quack, there a quack, everywhere a quack quack” was what happend at the library after we made this mask.

*Cut out a big circle from yellow paper and fold it in half. Glue it to the bottom of the paper plate. (Use small plates for small children.)
*Add a few yellow yarn pieces to the top of paper plate to give it some hair.
*Tape a stick (straw, pencil, popcicle stick, etc.) to the back of the plate for holding.

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