Safety First! Read These Halloween Safety Tips

October 17, 2014 12:01 pm

Your kids can’t wait to put on their costumes and go trick-or-treating, but as a parent, Halloween might make you nervous. It only makes sense to take the necessary precautions before allowing children to go from door to door, and these simple tips will help you to keep your kids safe while still letting them have fun this Halloween season.

  1. Never let your kids trick-or-treat alone. This one may seem obvious, but it’s one of the most important things that every parent should keep in mind at Halloween. Even older children shouldn’t go to strangers’ houses alone, so always make sure that a trusted adult is supervising a group of trick-or-treaters.
  2. Stay visible. Since most trick-or-treating takes place once it starts to get dark outside, you should make sure that your children stay visible to passing cars. Add reflectors to your kids’ outfits, and be sure to send them off with a bright flashlight for navigating dark streets.
  3. Avoid unpackaged treats. Tell your children to never accept homemade treats from strangers while trick-or-treating. Also, be sure to inspect candy for any signs of tampering with the wrapper before allowing kids to dig in to their stash.

Halloween Health and Safety Tips [CDC]
Halloween Safety Tips [American Academy of Pediatrics]
Halloween Safety Tips [Safe Kids Worldwide]

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Terra Toys: An Independent Toy Store for Kids and Adults Alike

October 14, 2014 2:36 pm

While there are a number of big box toy stores in every city, there’s something charming and nostalgic about visiting an independently owned toy store. Terra Toys is just that type of store, with a sweet storefront tucked into a plaza near popular restaurants and other shops.

It’s very easy to spend an entire afternoon browsing the endless selection of unique toys here, so be sure to visit when you have some time to spare. The inventory is stacked from floor to ceiling, with a number of cozy nooks and play areas scattered throughout. The book section has a few small tables where kids can read, and there’s a large train table to check out the model trains.

Terra Toys carries all types of toys, from dolls and action figures to games and science toys, and it can seem overwhelming to attempt to locate a particular item. Regulars recommend sending the knowledgeable employees on a mission to track down the toy you need, and don't forget to grab some novelty candies before you go.

Terra Toys
2438 W. Anderson Lane
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 445-4489
www.terratoys.com
www.yelp.com/biz/terra-toys-austin

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These DIY Halloween Decorations Are Scary Fun for Kids

October 10, 2014 12:01 pm

You spend the majority of the year trying to make your children feel as safe as possible, but Halloween is the one time when it’s fun to feel a little bit scared. Here are three DIY decoration ideas that will give your little ones a fun kind of fright.

Bat-o’-Lanterns [spoonful.com]
Instead of using your pumpkins to make the traditional jack-o’-lanterns, get a bit creative and use them to make a small army of vampire bats. Miniature pumpkins are painted black to create the body, and you can use simple craft foam to add wings, angry eyes, and cute pointed ears.

Halloween Paper Bag Puppets [makeandtakes.com]
Give the kids hours of entertainment with these paper bag puppets in crazy Halloween themes. Use acrylic paint and sturdy construction paper to add the recognizable details to a spooky mummy, vampire, witch and even a silly Frankenstein covered in hand-drawn stitches.

Popsicle Stick Haunted House [allkidsnetwork.com]
If your kids are too young to visit a real haunted house, they can still share in the fun with this Halloween craft. All it takes are a few popsicles, craft paint, and some store-bought foam cutouts to make the haunted house of their dreams. Display the completed project on the refrigerator for all to see.

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