The Richmond Register

October 8, 2013

Make Halloween fun and safe

By Gina Noe
Extension Agent

MADISON COUNTY —

It is almost Halloween, and to help you and your family prepare, the Madison County Extension Service is having a special workshop, Multigenerational Pumpkin Fun.

Bring your children, grandchildren, parents and grandparents to this fun workshop all about pumpkins and Halloween.

The story of Stingy Jack and the origin of the Jack O’Lanterns will be told. Information on pumpkin varieties and how to grow them will be shared.

We will also learn to make delicious pumpkin seed snacks and explore some unique ways to decorate pumpkins.

Each family will carve their own pumpkin and take home recipes for making their own pumpkin treats. The workshop will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the Madison County Extension Education Center, 230 Duncannon Lane, Richmond.

The class is free but enrollment is limited, so call soon to register at 623-4072.

All children must be accompanied by at least one adult.

There are lots of options for trick-or-treating fun in Madison County. Both Richmond and Berea have set official trick or treating times from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31. Both cities will also be providing alternative activities during the trick-or-treating time.

Richmond’s Halloween Hoe-Down will be on Main Street and will include a petting zoo, inflatables and local businesses providing treats for children.

Berea’s Halloween at the Park will also be from 6 to 8 p.m. at City Park and will include scary dances, fire truck rides and trick-or-treating with local businesses.

If your family chooses to do traditional trick-or-treating in neighborhoods here are a few safety tips for parents to share with their trick or treaters:

• Cross the street safely at corners. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as your cross. Walk; don’t run, across the street.

• Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.

• Always stop at and be cautious around driveways. Drivers may not see children as they are backing out of or entering driveways.

• Slow down and stay alert. Watch out for cars that are turning or backing up. Never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

• Costumes can be both creative and safe. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and choose light colors. Masks can obstruct vision so choose nontoxic face paint and makeup instead. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights in order to see better as well as be seen by drivers.

If you are driving on Halloween night, be extra alert. Children will be more focused on gathering candy and the excitement of the holiday than on following safety rules.

Have a fun and safe Halloween. (Source: www.ukhealthcare.uky.edu/safekids)