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Halloween Safety Tips for the Whole Family

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Halloween can be a really fun time, what with all the dressing up and eating too much candy. Even mom and dad can get in on the loot with the candy tax. (You know, you tax the candy haul so you get some goodies, too!)

But for real, Halloween can be downright scary when someone gets hurt or left behind.

Here are a collection of tips to make it a fun and enjoyable time for your little goblins.

For Kids –

1. Have the kids wear costumes that are easy to walk around in. Pin or tape up any loose bottoms.

2. Consider using face paint instead of masks that obstruct eyesight.

3. Add reflective tape to the back of costumes, and wear or attach a blinking light (such as a bike-safety light) to strollers or wagons.

4. Give the kids a flash light if the neighborhood is not well-lit or to help them feel more comfortable.

5. For older kids, have them travel in groups and tell an adult their route. Make sure older children know an adult’s phone number for emergencies. Have an adult travel with the group for less mature groups.

For Parents –

6. Have a well-lit path to your front porch.

7. Clear debris and any trip hazards from the walk-way.

8. Put up the pets (and keep the candy away from them too).

9. Headed to a festival or other community event? Put a paper-type wristband with phone number on the little ones in case you get separated.

10. Got a big group? Pair up the kids with their Halloween buddy. Do an occasional head count to make sure no one gets left behind.

11. Know your neighbors – as we know, not all neighbors host trick-or-treaters. Show children which houses to visit and which to skip. This tip applies for safety reasons as well.

12. Consider keeping nut-based candies in a separate bowl for those with allergies. Check out the “Teal Pumpkin” for alternative treats.


For everyone – check those wrappers and candies. Enjoy the candy collection, y’all. Happy Halloween!

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Top 10 Tips for Apple Picking Success

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If you've never taken the fam apple picking before, you don't know what you're missing! Here are 10 tips to help your outing go smoothly:

Before You Go

1. Plan your trip. Use our Fall Festivals, Pumpkin Patches, and Apple Picking Guide to choose an orchard.

2. Pack snacks and activities for the road trip – arrive all smiles and ready for fun at the orchard.

3. Bring your camera and read Lorraine’s style tips on how to coordinate for family photos.

4. Bring a canvas tote for apples – a soft carry bag helps to avoid damage to your apples.

While You're There

5. Ask your farmer what’s ripe. You’ll find the tastiest fruit this way!

6. Choose firm, bruise-free apples. Apples should be firm and crisp without damage to the skin or indentation.

7. Know your varietal. Are you making applesauce? Baking? Eating them raw? Choose your apples based on your cooking and eating needs.

8. Simply remove your apple off the tree with a gentle tug. The small stems help to preserve the apples as well. Apples on the outside of the tree with ripen before the inside. Don’t shake branches – this causes damages to the farmer's product and food waste.

Once You Get Home

9. Gently wash your apples.

10. Store them in a cool place.

Enjoy the apples, your photographs and best of all the fall memories!


Written by Lovedy Carroll

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The Table at St. George’s is a market-style food pantry serving the extended local community. Visitors are invited to select their own items from a variety of fresh food, including locally grown produce. The Table’s mission is to encourage healthy eating, build relationships with those in need, and blur the lines between those serving and those being served.