MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2017 Halloween

Despite the chill in the air and the damp drizzle, the children of the night took to the neighborhoods looking for treats Tuesday night for Halloween.

Halloween 2017

With parents reliving their younger days, twins were dressed as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck and Wayne and Garth.  One munchkin even came as a “glitter ball.”

Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse

Wayne

Garth

Mother Nature for once cooperated and allowed the rain to hold off with just a touch of cold for the youngsters to scamper about and collect candy.

While many a kiddo and parent will stay on a sugary high, check out the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery for the faces of 2017 Halloween.

Tips For Tuesday’s Trick Or Treating

Despite the predicted chill and wet weather for Halloween, costumed munchkins will still be hitting neighborhoods for yummy handouts. Thanks to Remington College Dallas Campus’s Criminal Justice Department instructor Dickey Harrison, here are some tricks to make their search for yummies a treat.

Trick or Treater

Trick or Treater

  • Have children carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see while they’re out at night, and to help increase their visibility to drivers. For younger children who may not want to carry a glow stick or flashlight along with their candy bucket, consider a non-toxic glow necklace or bracelet instead.
  • Make sure children’s costumes fit them properly. Baggy, loose or improperly fastened clothing could cause them to trip. It’s a great idea to do a “test run” with new costumes, to make sure children are totally comfortable wearing their costume for an extended period of time before the big day.
     

Trick or Treaters

  • Use makeup instead of a mask. Masks can hinder a child’s vision, which is dangerous while they’re out trick or treating. If you must use a mask, make sure it fits properly, that they can see well through the eyeholes in every direction, and that they can breathe properly while wearing it.
  • Teach children to walk safely. That means stopping and looking both ways before crossing an intersection, staying on the sidewalk whenever possible, putting away electronic devices while walking, keeping an eye out for cars and never darting into the street. 

Trick or Treater

Trick or Treater

 

  • Remember to drive particularly safely on Halloween as well, or whenever there is a Halloween event nearby. Halloween is exciting, and some small children may forget road safety rules on their quest for candy. Take extra time to look for kids, especially in residential neighborhoods. Be especially careful when backing out, turning, entering or exiting a space.
  • Costumes, wigs, props and other materials should also be fire-resistant. On that note, traditional jack-o-lantern candles can be dangerous, especially for children. LED lights are a great safe alternative to use in your pumpkins.
     

Trick or Treaters

 

  • Go over general trick or treating guidelines with your children. I.E., knock on familiar doors, and if a house is dark or isn’t decorated, don’t knock. Never go inside of a house while trick or treating. Keep to the sidewalk and don’t cut through anyone’s yard. Remember, stranger danger applies every day of the year. 
  • Make sure children are properly supervised. Children under twelve should always have an adult chaperon, and older children should use a buddy system and be given clear directions on where they are allowed to go, what time they are to return, and how to contact you if there is an emergency.

Trick or Treater

Trick or Treater

 

  • Check your children’s candy! While recent evidence from Snopes and other urban legend experts suggest tales of tainted Halloween candy have been widely exaggerated, you should still check all candy to make sure it’s fully wrapped, clean and safe. Dispose of any candy that has an open or torn wrapper, no matter how small the opening is. Check candy for discoloration, make sure it isn’t expired, and throw away all homemade candy unless you personally know and trust the individual who made it. Bring along a bag of your own candy to give to children during your walk so they aren’t tempted to eat the candy they collect before you get a chance to inspect it.

Trick or Treater

  • Some houses may give out something other than candy, such as coins or small toys. Make sure these objects are age-appropriate, and clean them before giving them to your children. Remember, for small children, toys and many candies can be a choking hazard.

Suggestions For A Safe Howl-oween

With Halloween approaching, parents know the drill about checking candy and keeping a watchful eye on little costumed folks not making the rounds alone.

Trick-or-treaters (File photo)

Trick-or-treaters (File photo)

But precautions also extend to pet owners. For instance, candy and pooches don’t mix well. Chocolate may be dandy for humans, but it can be lethal for dogs.

Pooch (File photo)

Pooch (File photo)

The SPCA of Texas has provided the following reminders on how to take care of critters on the night of goblins and ghouls.

  • Keep pets away from live flame decorations like candles and jack-o-lanterns, and restrict your pet’s access to hanging decorations such as streamers. Pets are curious and can become tangled or even choke if they chew on the decorations.
  • Pets may be terrified by tiny gremlins carrying big, orange, pumpkins full of sugar… wouldn’t you? If you have a protective dog that might feel threatened by strangers, keep him/her away from the door when trick-or-treaters arrive. Keep pets in a familiar place with lots of toys and soothing music to distract them from the doorbell.
  • Don’t let the family dog accompany the kids on their trick-or-treat outing. Although bringing your pooch may seem like a fun family outing, your pet would likely feel much safer and more comfortable in his or her own home away from all the Halloween festivities.
  • Make sure your pet’s Halloween costume includes a collar and identification tags, so you can be contacted if he or she does slip away during all the Halloween commotion. In addition to identification tags, ensure your pet is microchipped and the information is current, too.
  • And of course, if the thought of more homeless, unwanted dogs and cats scares you like it does the SPCA of Texas, you can help us spay and neuter more pets by donating today.
Black cat (File photo)

Black cat (File photo)

While in the past some shelter have not adopted out black cats around Halloween, SPCA’s Maura Davies reports, “We are not suspending the adoption of black cats until after Halloween or at any time during the year. We do not have any reason to believe that black cats adopted from us are at risk of being cruelly treated if adopted around Halloween or any time. Tragically, animals of all species, breeds and coat colors can become victims of animal cruelty or abuse any day of the year. Our Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit is here for those animals.

“We stand behind our wonderful staff who facilitate each adoption and our regular adoption counseling processes that ensure that all of our pets are adopted into loving homes. Further, we contact all of our adopters to follow up and offer any needed support after the adoption takes place.”

A Beastly Halloween Howl

While waiting for the rain to clear out and the winds to wind down, how about a Halloween greeting courtesy of Lee Ann and Alan White and Mo? It’s family friendly and  has a happy ending.

 

A Gentle Reminder: Heed The Warning Of The Weekend To Come

Sure, it’s only Tuesday, but let’s get a head start on the weekend because this one is going to have its ups and downs. Sure, every retailer and kid in your life have let you know that Halloween is taking place on Saturday. That’s the constant factor.

Another constant is Sunday around 2 a.m. While you’ll be snug in your beddy-bye, Daylight Savings Time will come to an end and when you wake up you will have gain an hour.

So, far it sounds like all you need is having plenty of candy for trick or treaters and having an extra hour to recover from their sugar overload.

But wait!

There’s something that just may throw things off kilter. Rain and lots of it starting Thursday night through Saturday. According to weather braintrusters, North Texas is in a seven-day cycle. So, what happened last week is going to have an encore performance this week. The good news is that it shouldn’t be enough to start erecting an ark.

On the other hand, why not plan ahead?

Just in case Saturday is too damp to parade the costumed munchkins around the neighborhood, look around for some school gatherings or if you’re up to it, host a Pop-Up Halloween Party. To get in, guests have to have one person in their entourage who is too young to drive a car.

As for Sunday, reduce the stress that comes with time changes. Try not to schedule anything the three days following the time change. Okay, so keep that massage, manicure and GWGPL (Gabbing With Gal Pals Lunch). But put off the meeting with the lawyers about the will, the decision whether to go public with your lemonade stand and whether you’re gonna dump that problem client.

Finally, with the torrents of rain predicted, go ahead and start prepping for the winter ahead. Do you have enough batteries? Is the car maintenance up-to-date? Are those Frenchy drains clear for flowing? Have you fixed up the water heater for your ponies? How’s the stockpile of pinon wood? Have you had all of your chimneys cleaned (Don’t forget about those dryer vents)? If you pooches and kitties are outdoors, have you fixed up snuggling spots for them? Have you got your winter survival gear (mittens, duvets, thermos jackets, handwarmers, battery backup systems)? Does your garage door have battery back-up unit? Have you checked in with your senior neighbors and your folks? Have you cooked up a stockpot full of spaghetti with Italian sausage, basil and organic tomatoes? And don’t forget the garlic for the French bread!

Ah, darn! You’ve already put all these things on the list and checked them off. When can we come over to your house?

Have A Halloween Giggle Courtesy of PlainsCapital Bank

The good folks at PlainsCapital Bank, who have supported the MySweetCharity world since its beginning, love Halloween. Want proof? How about this?

The saying goes, “Birds of a feather flock together.” MySweetCharity is proud to flock with PlainsCapital all year round.

Halloween Tips For Tonight’s Spooking Around

Tonight's little knight

Tonight’s little knight

It’s Halloween and the time for kids of all ages to wear funny outfits and OD on sugar. To keep the silliness safe, here are some reminders:

  • With it getting dark early, driving home with trick or treaters rushing around might be a bit of a challenge. Sure, you’re in a rush to get home, but keep your eyes open.
  • Think about taking a flashlight on your jaunt around the neighborhood with the little ghosts and goblins.
  • Area rescue groups are kyboshing adoptions today of black cats and dogs because they are some people who have warped understanding of the day and the animals. So keep your black critters indoor today.
  • The temperatures are going to be cool tonight, so bundle up your kiddos.
  • If you’re not going to give away candy, turn your front porch lights off.
  • Have a camera on hand to photograph the trick or treaters.
  • Check the candy once you get home and don’t try to eat it all tonight.

Halloween Is Full Of Fun, But Let’s Be Careful Out There

It’s Halloween and the skies are clearing for a great evening with spooks and spookettes scampering around the neighborhood.

Trick-or-Treaters on the prowl

Trick-or-Treaters on the prowl

You know the rules:

  • If you’re open for candy distribution, leave the porch light on.
  • When driving, be cautious. Little goblins think they’re invincible on this night.
  • Don’t let your trick-or-treater walk alone. Either have him/her join a group or have a responsible adult accompany him/her.
  • Make sure that the group or adult has a flashlight
  • Put a reflective tape on his/her costume and collection bag.
  • Check the “booty” before letting your child eat it.
  • Don’t let your child overload on the sugar tonight. That is, unless you want to pull an all-nighter with a hyped-up kiddo.
  • Keep the luminarias and candle-lit pumpkins a distance from the walkways and doors. Costumes do tend to catch on fire.
  • Remind your child not to enter a stranger’s home or accept “homemade” candy.
  • Make sure you take a photo of you in-home trick-or-treater. Years from now, you’ll have a real conversation starter with his/her dates.

MySweetCharity Reminder: Trick Or Treaters Are Hitting Tonight’s Streets, So Don’t Hit Them

Trick or Treaters will fill neighborhoods and streets

Tonight little trick or treaters will be hitting doorsteps in search of candy. Sunset is around 6:30 p.m., so if you’re on the road watch out. Wee ones sometimes mistake holidays for “anything goes” and forget that darting out on the streets is a losing proposition.

Also, if you’re not going to participate, turn off your outdoor lights. Otherwise, there will be pounding on the door that will really irritate you.