10 Safety Tips For A Safe Halloween Night 2014


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UPDATE: This is a post I share annually, to make sure kids and adults are safe while out on Halloween night!

Halloween 2014 is tonight!  And many kids are just daydreaming in school about the candy they will get when they go trick-or-treating tonight. So before you send your kids out on Halloween night, make sure they are going to be safe!  Here are some Halloween safety tips to follow.

1. Bring a flashlight. Kids should have a flashlight on them while trick or treating. It does not have to be one kids hold with their hands. It could be one that is strapped around a child’s head. Before Halloween night, make sure flashlights have fresh batteries and don’t be afraid to tape on some reflective tape on that costume. Glow sticks are also a great way to keep kids safe.

2. Stay on sidewalks. Tell kids to stay on sidewalks at all times. Even while going up to a front door of a house. Some yards can have some hidden hazards that could hurt a kid. Tell kids to never cross a road unless it’s at a marked intersection. Kids should look left, right, and left again before crossing the street. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. If no sidewalks, stay on the left side and far off of the road as possible. And kids, don’t use cell phones and electronic devices while trick-or-treating.

3. Check the costume. Make sure your child has good movement and they can walk well while in the costume. Make sure the costume has a good scope of vision. And use some reflective tape so kids can be seen while on the streets. If kids are not comfortable in their costumes, it will make for a miserable Halloween night. Yes, costumes should be flame-resistant.

4. Eat before you go out. You do not want your kids eating candy before it’s inspected by a parent. Tell your kids to not eat any candy collected until after they are done trick-or treating and it’s inspected by an adult. Don’t eat homemade treats from any strangers.

5. Say no to other adults. Children should be trained to say no to other adults who are asking for help. If an adult is asking for help, they should get help from other adults, not from kids. Kids should also know to never approach a vehicle, even if it appears unoccupied. Kids always have a great trick-or-treating experience when a trusted adult goes with them!

6. Teach kids about bribes used by adults. Some adults out there will use any means necessary to lure kids to them. That means candy, money, toys, finding a lost pet, or requests for help. Teach kids to not meet other adults unless it’s at a well-lit house where they are handing out candy. Also, teach kids to scream, kick, run away, or grab something large if they are being taken or chased by an adult that they do not know.

7. Plan the route. With smartphones and maps online, it’s very easy to plan a route for your kids from neighborhoods you trust. You can print out the route or upload the route to a smartphone so kids will follow it. Involve your kids in the route making process so they know where they will go. And make sure you learn the route too, just in case something bad happens.

8. SLOW DOWN while driving. Some adults will use cars to make the treat-or-treat process easier. The car drives up to a house, the kids get out and get candy, and the kids get back into the car. But some drivers will not be safe on Halloween night and drive like it’s any other night. If you are in a neighborhood during the evening hours of Halloween, slow down! Drive slower than the speed limit, turn off the radio, put your windows down, and put away all distractions such as cell phones. Do not assume the kids can see you while trying to cross the street. Stay safe while driving, you do not want to hit another kid.

9. Teach kids vital information. Do kids know the parents phone number and address? If not, you need to teach them that important information now! “Mom and Dad on First Street” will not be enough information in case something bad happens. Some parents might upload important information on a child’s cell phone, but that is not enough. What if the kid loses the cell phone? Kids should know important information from memory. Kids should also know how to use the 911 system. Do they know what information to give while dialing 911? And do they know how to ask a police officer for identification?

10. Have fun. Halloween night is a great time for kids and they will have fun. Make sure they stay in groups and they only go to well-lit houses. If kids are going out without an adult, set a time for return. And tell your kids at what time you must be back at the house. Enjoy Halloween night everyone! And for more great tips, watch the video below and go to: http://www.halloween-safety.com/

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Come Out To Glenwood Terrace Halloween 2014


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For the past few years, Nathan Young and Geek Alabama have taken plenty of pictures and video too of the people dressed in costumes at Glenwood Terrace in East Anniston.  This is an annual event in Anniston on Halloween night and trick-or-treating happens at most houses along Glenwood Terrace.  Each year, the entire street is closed off to traffic and many homes participate by decorating and handing out candy. Many people dress in costumes and walk on the streets. And each year, horseman Craig Waldron plays the role of the headless horseman.  Here is video from me in 2013.

So, want to come out and enjoy the fun?  Halloween at Glenwood Terrace starts at 5 pm and will last until 9 pm.  Come out early, because Glenwood Terrace, and many surrounding streets, are closed down to traffic at 5 pm.  Glenwood Terrace is easily accessible off of Highland Ave. in East Anniston. You can park on any street around Glenwood Terrace but no vehicles will be allowed on Glenwood Terrace during trick-or-treating.

The entire thing is free!  And you will get to enjoy kids and adults dressed up in their best Halloween costumes.  Great ready, trick-or-treating is tonight!

Check out pictures from 2013 at: http://geekalabama.com/2013/11/01/halloween-at-glenwood-terrace-2013/

This Is What Happens When A Siberian Husky Wears A Halloween Costume


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Happy Halloween!  To get things started, I am sharing a video from the YouTube channel  Gone to the Snow Dogs where they had their Siberian Huskies; Shelby, Oakley, and Memphis try on dog Halloween costumes.  And for one husky, she could not stand it, and just froze in place until the Halloween costume was taken off.  This is way too funny, enjoy!

Crowdsourcing Mornings: Made in The Magic City: A Birmingham Documentary Series


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This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

Made in The Magic City is a short documentary series that chronicles the artists, musicians, small business owners, and everyday people that are rebuilding Birmingham, Alabama.  Their vision is to help Birmingham get to know its people better. Their mission is to inspire individuals to leave their own positive mark on the city. And their purpose with Kickstarter is to provide the financial framework that will enable the entire world to get to know the real Birmingham.

Right now, a new Birmingham is taking shape. New energies are pouring into old areas, creating a wholly original aesthetic. There is a bright future for The Magic City. As such, Birmingham is developing a new personality – one that incorporates the city’s famous social struggles, but is not defined by them. At present, no one has begun to fully tell this story. Until now.  Their series stands out because it is, by every measure, the first real attempt to chronicle this emerging city-wide personality. For Birmingham residents and those outside the city, this will be their first exposure to this new narrative.

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As of October 31st, this project has raised around $500 of their $30,000 goal. This project only has 29 days left to raise the $30,000 or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of $5, you will get a social media shoutout.  For a pledge of $20, you will get a 12.5″x19″ Made in The Magic City poster commemorating their first 7 episodes. Printed by the talented guys at Yellowhammer Creative.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1925509286/made-in-the-magic-city-a-birmingham-documentary-se

The Evening Post: Do You Wanna Carve A Pumpkin / Kongos Halloween Light Show


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Tonight, I am sharing two Halloween themed video to get you ready for Halloween!  The first video from the YouTube channel Snow Dogs Vlogs is a parody of the Disney film Frozen.  Enjoy Jess singing the song “Do You Wanna Carve A Pumpkin”, which is a parody of “Do You Wanna Build A Snowman.”  The second video from the YouTube channel Steve Jandick is a Halloween light show at his house.  He uses the Kongos song “Come With Me Now”, and makes it epic!  Enjoy both videos!