Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloween fun at Edmonds CC and safety tips from the City of Lynnwood

Halloween! Scare up some fun at Edmonds CC:
  • Student dance, 8-11 p.m., Fri., Oct. 26, Woodway Hall | $5 with student ID
  • Nevermore: Poe Unscripted, 8 p.m., Sat., Oct 27, Black Box Theatre | $10
  • Horrific Zombie Film Fest, 2 & 4 p.m., Tues., Oct. 30, Black Box Theatre | $5
  • Safe Halls, family fun for trick-or-treaters, 6-8 p.m., Rainier Place | Free.
  • Paranormal Studies 2, a continuing education class, starts Nov. 19 at uLearn.

And here are some safety tips from the City of Lynnwood Police and Fire Departments.

Don’t Be Spooked: Be Safe on Halloween 

While Halloween is supposed to be scary, parents shouldn’t be afraid to teach their children how to be safer. With Halloween being one of the most dangerous days of the year for child pedestrians —  it’s essential for parents to prepare their children properly to stay safe while trick or treating.
  • Go trick or treating with a grown-up. If kids are mature enough to go trick-or-treating without supervision, make sure they stick to a predetermined route with good lighting. 
  • Take advantage of one of your community’s preplanned indoor events. Some examples in Lynnwood on Wed., Oct 31 Halloween are:

    • 4 to 6 p.m. | Alderwood Mall and its businesses will be open to trick or treaters.
    • 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Alderwood Community Church, 3403 Alderwood Mall Blvd, will be having it’s Trunk N’ Treat open to the public. Free and fun for the whole family with carnival games, face painting, inflatables and more.
    • 6 to 8 p.m. | Rainier Place at Edmonds Community College, 19920 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood, “Safe Halls,” free and open to the public with candy and fun family activities.
  •  Visit only people you know and those who have porch lights on. 
  •  Make sure your costume lets you see and hear perfectly. You need to watch and listen for cars.
  •  Wear brightly colored clothing, use glow sticks and carry a flashlight so drivers can see you.
  •  Have an adult check all treats before eating them. If in doubt, throw it out. 
  •  Cross streets safely. Cross at a corner, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. Look left, right and left again when crossing, and keep looking as you cross. Walk, don’t run, across the street. 
  •  Walk on well-lit sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk in familiar areas with minimal street crossings.
  • Be a safe pedestrian around cars. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars. 
  •  Be especially alert. Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours occur during the typical rush-hour period, between 5:30-9:30 p.m. 
  • Drive more slowly. Slow down and anticipate heavier than usual pedestrian traffic. 
  • Lights on. Be sure to drive with your full headlights on so you can spot children from greater distances. 
  • Use candle alternatives as much as possible.
  • Keep flammable decorations away from candles. Also, avoid using flammable materials in costumes.

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