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Spook-tacular good times

October 26, 2009 - Erin O'Neill
The fall season is upon us and pretty soon it will be time for my second favorite holiday - Halloween.

I know the holiday has different meanings for different people and folks choose to celebrate in many different ways. Some even choose to forget it altogether.

But for me and my family Halloween has always been a lot of fun. Perhaps it is because I have the distinction of also being born on the 31st; perhaps it is because I come from a dramatic and creative family (my father once wrapped himself in several rolls of toilet paper to become a mummy); perhaps it is because of the goodies or the beautiful fall colors, the last hurrah before winter weather and the hustle and bustle of THE holidays. Perhaps it is all of these.

The enjoyment of the season has not waned since I've gotten older (and I will not be disclosing just how old I am going to be), in fact, since I've had my daughter, I get to enjoy the holiday even more just watching her light up.

I don't buy into the belief that the day is satanic or evil and I don't put any emphasis on the creepy crawly stuff. I have enjoyed my fair share of "haunted" places and am currently obsessed (no pun intended) with the ghost stories and haunted places programs being shown on TV.

But as far as my kid is concerned, there is absolutely nothing to fear about Halloween. For us, it is about picking pumpkins for jack-o-lanterns, baking cookies for friends, and choosing this year's "most awesome" costume. And let's not forget the goodies!

So to everyone who will be taking their little ghoulies out to trick-or-treat this week, I offer these tips:

Go in groups.

Never let children trick-or-treat alone.

Carry a flashlight.

Be familiar with your surroundings.

Check costumes to make sure they don't present a choking or tripping hazard and keep away from flame.

Double check your candy before you eat it.

Wash your hands carefully before putting anything in your mouth.

Brush your teeth.

Most of all, HAVE FUN!


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