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Time to start thinking Halloween safety
by Alanna Brown - Special to the Tribune
Oct 16, 2013 | 1515 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune file photo - Local businesses offer alternative haunts and treats, providing safe places for kids to celebrate the scariest time of the year.
Tribune file photo - Local businesses offer alternative haunts and treats, providing safe places for kids to celebrate the scariest time of the year.
Halloween is right around the corner and there are many Halloween trick-or-treating events in the Sparks area that can provide parents with fun alternatives to the traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating on public streets. There are also many things families can do to ensure a safe Halloween.

The Pumpkin Palooza taking place on Victorian Square in Sparks is one alternative for families. The event features a Pumpkin Derby race, children’s costume parade, storytelling in the haunted schoolhouse, pie-eating contest, games, marshmallow shooting, and much more. It is aimed at being family friendly. The festivities start Saturday and wrap up Sunday at 5 p.m.

“It’s gonna be a ton of fun,” Jackie Shelton said, a Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living board member, said in a Tribune report earlier this week. “It helps people meet others and provides unique and safe fun.”

Sparks Christian Fellowship is hosting Halloween night on October 31 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Held in SCF’s parking lot, families can come out and trick or treat. Church officials say it is a safe way to bond with fellow church goers and keep an eye on the little ones. SCF is located at 510 Greenbrae Drive, Sparks.

The Hope Community is hosting its annual “Trunk of Treat” on Halloween night from 5 to 7 p.m. at Comstock Park. This event is open to anyone and is offering many fun alternatives. All you have to do is decorate your car, enjoy the fun and receive a bundle of candy.

For anyone who likes tradition, there are many safe things you can do to make sure your children have a safe and fun Halloween.

“We always make sure our kids have glow sticks so we can see them from a distance, and we usually go in a group,” said Meggan Cranmer, a Sparks resident and mother.

Just like the Cranmer family, many other families feel the same when it comes to making sure their kids are safe on Halloween.

“I have an 8-year-old and my husband and I always go with him. I make sure he is in our sight the whole time,” said Kelly Bidart, a Spanish Springs resident. “We live in a pretty safe neighborhood, but we still check his candy to make sure everything is wrapped and sealed.”

Especially when children are involved, it’s good to have parents tagging along. Staying in the neighborhood is a safer alternative as well. It is familiar; the chances of someone getting lost are slim.

“Our house has usually been the home base. We know our neighbors and know that the candy and our kids with be safe,” Cranmer said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a few key tips in order to have a safe Halloween:

1. Make sure to avoid trick-or-treating alone.

2. Fasten reflective tape to costumes to help drivers see you.

3. Examine all treats for tampering before eating them.

4. Look both ways before crossing the street, etc.
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