Monthly Archives: October 2011

Top Ten Tips for Trick-or-Treating

Pumpkins, scary sounds, masks, costumes, blowing leaves, and lots of sugar, it must be October! I enjoy Halloween as much as anyone, but I do admit that, as a parent, there are precautions that must be taken to be sure my child is safe while having a good time. Before your children venture out this October 31st, go over these ten tips and explain why they are important. Yeah it’s boring and time consuming but do it anyway; it’s a parent thing!

1. Make sure children are accompanied by an adult or responsible teenager when they go door to door.

2. If children are going to be out after dark, make sure they carry a flashlight. Make a fun one yourself with a plastic pumpkin cut to fit over the front of a regular flashlight.

3. Teach your children to use the sidewalks if they can. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the street facing cars.

4. Know which friends your children will be with and which route they are taking.

5. Leave your porch light on so children will know it’s OK to visit your home.

6. Instruct children to never to eat anything until they are home and the treats have been carefully examined. Cut and wash fruit before eating. Throw away anything unwrapped. Check the wrappers of commercial treats for evidence of tampering.

7. Look for the label Flame Resistant on purchased costumes or use fire resistant fabric or treat it with fire resistant spray if you make costumes yourself.

8. Small children should never carve pumpkins. Instead, let your child draw a face on the pumpkin with markers and paint, or use stickers to decorate.

9. Keep candles, pumpkins with candles, matches and lighters in a place that children and pets can’t reach and away from curtains and other objects that could catch fire.

10. Be extra careful when driving. Slow down and watch for children who might be so excited they forget safety rules.

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My Corner of the World

This is my ‘decked out for fall’ front porch. I love this porch because it has room for our whole family and more to hang out and the ceiling fans make it comfortable through at least three seasons of the year. I obsess way too much when I decorate the porch, but it all works out and I think this fall I did an outstanding job! (maybe I went a little far with that statement but I’m leaving it in!)

    This is guy started out as a dried gourd, but every time I looked at the gourd I saw a bird so I turned it into my version of a quail. Now he perches on my front porch steps in a nest that blew out of a nearby tree. I think he’s pretty happy!

   I found awesome mums this year and using the two colors really walks the eye up and down the steps, don’t you think? For the other props I walked around my house and scavenged through my basement and attic to pull out items to accessorize the look.  Below you can see more details of how the decorations carry up onto the porch. Wish you were here!

 

 


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