Author, Teacher, Psychologist and Speaker


Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in Blog | 3 comments

Halloween is a tradition celebrated by both children and adults every year on October 31st. It is one of the most exciting and fun-filled times of the year! We dress up in costumes, go to parties, play games, and go trick or treating.


Halloween costume


Halloween can also be the deadliest time of the year, especially for our children.  Kids have a greater chance of being fatally injured by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year. 32% of victims are children between the ages of 12-15. And statistics show that 60% of child pedestrian fatalities occurred between the hours of 5pm to 9pm, with nearly 25% between pm and 7pm. (Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS)


Be Halloween Safe


5 Tips for Trick or Treat Safety:

  • Always trick or treat with an adult or older sibling.
  • Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries.
  • Walk direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Walk on sidewalks or paths, or facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
  • Look left, right and left again before crossing the street at corners.

5 Tips for Costume Safety:

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers.
  • Choose light and bright colors.
  • Make sure the costume is made of flame resistant fabric.
  • Make sure the costume is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.

5 Tips for Food Safety:

  • Don’t eat candy until it has been inspected at home.
  • Eat a snack before heading out too avoid the temptation.
  • Look for the warning labels on juices, fruits, nuts, etc.
  • Avoid homemade treats unless you know the cook well.
  • When in doubt, throw it out.

5 Tips for Traffic Safety:

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods.
  • During peak trick or treat times, be extra watchful for children in dark clothing.
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  • Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.

Halloween can be a dangerous time of year for our furry friends, too!


Cat Costume


5 Tips for Pet Safety:

  • No tricks or treats for Spot or Tiger, especially dark or baking chocolate, or those containing artificial sweetener.
  • Pumpkins and decorative corn can produce stomach upset in pets.
  • Keep carved pumpkins containing burning candles away from your pet.
  • If your pet chews wires from lights and decorations, it might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.
  • Guard the door when opening for trick or theaters so that your pet doesn’t dart outside.

Some fun things to do with your kids this week:

5 Books to read:

  • The Hallo-Wiener by Dav Pilkey (4-8 years)

Hallo Weiner

  • Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino (4-8 years)

5 Little Pumpkins

  • The Berenstain Bears & The Haunted House by Jan & Mike Berenstain (4-8 years)

Berenstain Bears

  • Always October by Bruce Coville (8 – 12 years)

Always October

  • Weirdo Halloween by R.L. Stine (8 – 12 years)

Weirdo Halloween

5 Movies to watch:

  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

  • The Goonies [PG]The Goonies
  •   Casper [PG]              


  • Monsters, Inc. [G]Monsters, Inc
  • The Worst Witch [G]

The Worst Witch

5 Activities to do:

Pasta Skeleton Craft

Pasta Skeleton

Pasta Skelton Template

Pasta Skeleton Template


  • a variety of pasta and dried beans, i.e. spaghetti, macaroni, tiny tube pasta, long tube pasta, wagon wheels, long spirals, tiny shells, wagon wheels
  • a sheet of black construction paper
  • white glue
  • white marker or crayon
  • pasta skeleton template


  • Arrange the pasta on the paper before gluing to adjust for spacing on the skeleton. (The wagon wheels are great for the head, tiny tubes or lentils for spine vertebrae, longer tubes or spirals for collarbones, arms and legs, spaghetti for fingers and toes, small shells or dried white beans for kneecaps, wrists and ankles and dried lima beans for the hips).
  • Glue the pasta to the black paper.
  • You can label the bones and write your name with a white marker or crayon.

Egg Carton Bats and Egg Carton Spiders

Egg carton batEgg cart onspider



Bat Supplies:

  • egg cartons
  • crayons or markers
  • scissors

Bat Directions:

  • Separate 3 cups from an egg carton (See picture).
  • Cut out part of the bottoms of the 2 outside cups to resemble bat wings.
  • Add eyes, a mouth, and decorate.
  • Hang it from a string or a rubber band.

Spider Supplies:

  • egg cartons
  • crayons or markers
  • scissors
  • pipe cleaners

Spider Directions:

  • Separate one cup from an egg carton.
  • Using the point of a scissors, an adult should make 8 small holes (4 on each side) at the base of the cup.
  • Insert a pipe cleaner into each of the holes for legs.
  • Draw a face and decorate the body.

Candy Corn Tissue Paper Collage

Candy Corn Tissure Paper Collage


  • White Card Stock
  • Glue
  • Yellow, Orange and white tissue paper


  • Cut a triangle from card.
  • Round the edges into a candy corn shape.
  • Rip the tissue paper into pieces and scrunch into small balls.
  • Glue the tissue paper to the triangle to make stripes. (See picture)

Pumpkin Bowling

pumpkin bowling


  • 5 to 10 empty two-liter bottles
  • two medium-size pumpkins (not too big)
  • gravel (pebbles)
  • white paint and black paint


  • Put enough gravel (pebbles) inside the two-liter bottles to keep them weighted down so they will stand easily without falling over.
  • Paint the two-liters white to use as bowling pins and paint the pumpkins black for use as the bowling balls.
  • Set the bowling pins up in a group and line the children up about 20 feet from the pins.
  • One at a time let each child roll the pumpkin and try to knock down as many pins as possible.
  • Let each child have two turns and add up the scores.
  • The child with the highest score wins the game. If there is a tie, let those children bowl again until the tie is broken.

Haunted House



  • large cardboard box
  • black paper
  • white or yellow tissue paper
  • black pant
  • white chalk
  • scissors
  • sticky tape
  • flashlight


  • Stand the box on one end.
  • Open it up at the top and fold open the flaps to form a roof. (See picture)
  • From one of the flaps cut out a rectangle to form a window. Carefully with the scissors make holes in the box and cut 2 windows from each side of the box.
  • Paint the box black and leave to dry. Make sure that you put down plenty of newspaper or stand it on an old plastic tablecloth first!
  • Cut the black paper into thin strips.
  • Tape the strips to the inside of the box to form crosses at the windows.
  • Cover the windows with tissue paper (taping on the inside of the box).
  • With a thin brush (or perhaps a black marker pen), gently paint cobwebs, spiders and cats at some of the windows.
  • Switch on the flashlight and put it inside your box to cast spooky shadows at the windows .
  • Tape the flaps at the top of the box together and with lots of sticky tape fasten the roof together.
  • Draw a door on the front of your house with the white chalk.
  • You can add a witch and her broomstick.



Happy Halloween

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

pumpkin with candy



Join the conversation and post a comment.

  1. susan

    Very informative piece, Ann! Thanks!

  2. Joan Y. Edwards

    Really great ideas to have to keep people safe.

Leave a Reply