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Happy Halloween! How to get your sugar fix…

October 31st, 2009 · No Comments

You can get your Halloween off to an early start with some trick or treating at Greenwood and Phinney businesses at the Safe Trick or Treat from 12-3 p.m. today. Participating businesses have an orange poster in their windows, and they’ll pass out treats to costumed youngsters accompanied by an adult.

The Green Bean Coffee House is still sponsoring its annual Harvest Fest with carnival games from 12-3 p.m. today. Instead of its usual spot behind the Green Bean, it will be on Greenwood Avenue in between Romio’s and the old McDonalds building. If you’d like to donate candy for prizes, just drop it by Harvest Fest today.

Furnishments consignment and home staging store at 7216 Linden Ave. N. is hosting a haunted house from 12-8 p.m. today. Cash and food donations will be accepted for Art with Heart and NW Harvest. Mainly for children 10 and under, but older kids and adults are welcome. Treats and apples provided. Get a 10 percent discount storewide (20 percent on custom furniture orders).

PlayMatters at 7720 Greenwood Ave. N. is participating in the Safe Trick or Treat and hosting a Halloween party from 1-4 p.m. It will have fun events for children under 5. Pumpkin decorating, mask making, pumpkin bowling, color sheets, and prizes for events.

Karma By The Cup espresso stand at 333 NW 85th St. (between the Chevron and the laundromat), is participating in the Safe Trick or Treat and also providing free pumpkin painting and games. They’ll also have free treats and hot cider for parents and kids.

ALL of the day’s proceeds are being donated to our featured charity of the quarter. Our featured charity is Childhaven. We will also be raffling off awesome gift baskets full of bath and body items and gourmet foods and sweets. Each basket is about a 100 dollar value. Again all proceeds go to help a cause near and dear to our heart. Come say hello to the only drive through Espresso joint in the neighborhood. From 12-3 pm for the party. BUT ALL the day’s $$ goes to Childhaven.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting Nature’s Halloween in the Forest, at Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center, 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd., from 6-8 p.m. “Under cover of night, discover Halloween symbols in their natural settings. Bones, bats, owls, and slithering things will delight.” Bring a flashlight; treats provided. For ages 2 and up; $8 per adult, $6 per child.

And the Seattle Police Department wants us to make sure you keep safety in mind tonight.

  • Don’t allow children to go trick-or-treating alone. An adult should accompany young children and make sure that all children carry a glow stick or flashlight and wear reflective clothing.
  • Accompany young children to the door of every house they approach. Stay within sight of the door when opened. Children should be cautioned to never enter a home without prior permission from their parents.
  • Stay in familiar neighborhoods and only visit well-lighted homes that have their outdoor lights on. Parents should be familiar with every house and with all people from which the children receive treats.
  • Children should be cautioned never to approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless they know the owner and are accompanied by a parent.
  • All costumes and masks should be clearly marked as flame resistant. When using facemasks, make sure the child can see and breathe properly and easily.
  • Don’t cut through yards, parks or alleys. Walk, don’t run, and stay on the sidewalks, cross only at intersections and crosswalks, not between cars. Don’t forget to look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Be sure to carry a flashlight with fresh batteries and make sure your child knows your phone number and address. For children under 12, attach a tag with their name, address and phone number (including area code) to their clothes in case they get separated. Older children who might be going out with friends should have a cell phone, mapped route and set a time to come home.
  • Children should be cautioned to remember any suspicious incidents and report them to their parents, a trusted adult or the police.
  • Children should be cautioned to run away immediately from people who try to lure them with special treats. Children should be instructed to scream and make a scene if anyone tries to grab them or force them, in any way, to go with them.
  • Don’t approach unknown animals or pets; they could be frightened by the costumes or strange noises.
  • Parents should inspect all treats and dispose of anything that has been opened or has never been wrapped. The police should be notified if something has been tampered with.

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