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Trick or Treat Smell my Feet…Let’s talk Saftey for Halloween

Some fun Halloween facts.

  • In 2012 there were 41 million potential trick-or-treaters across the U.S.
  • In 2012 47,800 acres of pumpkins were harvested
  • The top 6 pumpkin-producing states are Illinois, California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan.
  • The self-proclaimed “Halloween Capital of the World” is Anoka, Minnesota. It was one of the first cities in the U.S. to hold a Halloween celebration that discouraged playing tricks.
  • The origin of Halloween can be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival of the dead – Samhain (pronounced SOW-in).

As you prepare for this Halloween, take time to keep your children and yourself safe. Here are some tips:

  • Make sure costumes are flame resistant
  • If you use face paint, be sure it is lead-free
  • Carry a flashlight trick-or-treating
  • Wear a light colored costume or add reflective tape to your costume
  • Trick-or-treat with a responsible adult

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Watch Me Learn and Grow

Its Halloween time, pumpkins, fall weather, and all the cute costumes.   Look out for ghosts, super heroes, princesses, animals, tv characters, pirates, cowboys  and many more in your neighborhood.  I think most of us can remember some costume we wore in the past, even if it was just putting a sheet over your head and being a ghost.  While it can be a fun time, we need to keep safety on our mind at all times.  One great resource for safety is Safe Kids Worldwide which gives great tips on Halloween Safety      They also have Halloween Safety tips in Spanish.  Even though you may not be going Trick or Treating with the children in your child care center, you can always share tips for safety with your parents during the month, so try to share a few tips along with the activities in your classroom.  You can increase the knowledge of…

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About Pamela Turner

I am an Associate Professor and Extension Housing & Environment Specialist at the University of Georgia. I have a passion for helping people improve their home environment and live greener and healthier lives. An important part of that is helping people weed through all of the information to find trustworthy sources.

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