This is a posting of events of interest to Shriners in the Western States
140 year of Shriners
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Tips for Trick-or-Treaters;
Carry a flashlight.
Walk, don't run.
Stay on sidewalks.
Walk in groups rather then by yourself
Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.
Look both ways before crossing the street, and always walk as a group at established crosswalks.
Avoid hiding or crossing the street between parked cars.
Stay in familiar neighborhoods.
Avoid cutting across yards or driveways.
Wear a watch that can be read in the dark.
Make sure costumes don't drag on the ground.
Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house.
Approach only houses that are lit.
Be cautious of animals and strangers. Never enter a stranger's home or car for a treat.
Accept treats only in doorways, never inside houses.
Say thank you after receiving your treats.
Bring treats home to be inspected before eating any.
Tips for Adults
A parent or guardian should accompany kids whenever possible.
Notify law enforcement authorities of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
After children return home, sort and check all treats. Throw away any spoiled, unwrapped, opened, or suspicious items.
Apportion treats for the days following Halloween.
Make sure that items that can cause choking (such as hard candies) are given only to those of an appropriate age.
Tips for Homeowners
Make sure your yard is clear of such things as ladders, hoses, animals, and flower pots that can trip the young ones.
Pets get frightened on Halloween. Put them up to protect them from cars or inadvertently biting a trick-or-treater.
Battery powered jack o'lantern candles are preferable to a real flame.
If you do use candles, place the pumpkin well away from where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing.
Make sure paper or cloth yard decorations won't be blown into a flaming candle.
Healthy food alternatives for trick-or-treaters include packages of low-fat crackers with cheese or peanut butter filling, single-serve boxes of cereal, packaged fruit rolls, mini-boxes of raisins and single-serve packets of low-fat popcorn that can be microwaved later.