YMCA Offering Safe Halloween Festivities

October 21, 2009

Little goblins and their families are invited to the Weekley Family YMCA to celebrate Halloween in a “caring and safe” environment.

The 7th annual Tailgate Trick-or-Treat Night is scheduled for Oct. 23 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Activities will include trick or treating, costume contests, face painting, games, moonwalks and music. Residents who register and decorate their “tailgating” vehicles will compete for a $100 gas card.

“It’s a safe, creative and social experience for all ages,” said Program Director Liz Ramos in a statement. “Families want to know that their children are being looked after on Halloween night, while engaging in enjoyable, worthwhile activities. Our YMCA is not only a safe place, but it’s also a happy and exciting destination for little kids, teens and adults.”

For more information or to volunteer, contact Liz Ramos at lizr@ymcahouston.org or 713-664-9622.

The YMCA suggests that families celebrating Halloween elsewhere follow these precautions:

Wear light-colored costumes made of material that is flame retardant

Wear shorter costumes to prevent tripping

Add reflective tape or striping to costumes for greater visibility

Use face make-up—no hoods or masks that obscure the face and vision

Take younger children door-to-door in daylight hours

Carry a working flashlight

Trick-or-treat within your neighborhood, only to homes you know

Remind children: never enter homes and or accept rides from strangers

Be alert to auto traffic, crossing safely according to rules

Have parents or other adults inspect treats

Check your lawn and steps for tripping hazards

This year, strengthen family! Celebrate Halloween together as enjoyable, quality time.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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