Booooooo, boooooo, or if you prefer buuuuuuuu…
It’s that time of the year again – the time we start to gather marigolds for Dia de los Muertos on Monday. Not your tradition? Didn’t think so – it is a little hard to find marigolds, a traditional Mexican flower of the dead, in our semi-arid area. Other flowers are plentiful, though. My first year in Laredo, I was so surprised by the immense variety of color at the cemetery on Saunders. There was such visual beauty and the beauty of honoring loved ones that had passed but it is not for everyone.
For many, though, tomorrow is Halloween – trick or treat time! The Laredo Fire Department releases their Halloween Safety Tips (which are credited – good job!):
LAREDO, TX: Summer’s over and the nights are cooler. That means that Halloween is upon us. We want everyone to have a safe and fun time, free of accidents and mishaps this Halloween season. Please observe the following safety tips when trick-or-treating and celebrating:
• Know the route your kids will be taking if you aren’t going with them.
• The best bet is to make sure that an adult is going with them. If you can’t take them, see if another parent or a teen aged sibling can go along.
• Know what other activities a child may be attending, such as parties, school or mall functions.
• Make sure you set a time that they should be home by. Make sure they know how important it is for them to be home on time.
• Help your child pick out or make a costume that will be safe. Make it fire proof, with high visibility and with the eye holes large enough for good peripheral vision.
• If you set jack-o-lanterns on your porch with candles in them, make sure that they are far enough out of the way so that kids costumes won’t accidentally be set on fire.
• Make sure that if your child is carrying a prop, such as a scythe, butcher knife or a pitchfork, that the tips are smooth and flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen on.
• Teaching your kids basic everyday safety such as not getting into cars or talking to strangers, watching both ways before crossing streets and crossing when the lights tell you to, will help make them safer when they are out Trick or Treating.
• Secure emergency identification (name, address, phone number) discreetly within Halloween attire or on a bracelet.
• Review with your children the principle of “Stop-Drop-Roll”, should their clothes catch on fire.
• Only approach homes that are well lit.
• Carry a flashlight or other light emitting device to increase visibility and to light your way while trick-or-treating.
Also, please remember that if you decide to celebrate with spirits of the beverage variety do so responsibly and always have a designated driver or call a taxi.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!!
Let’s focus on the fun – like hearing a really good ghost story. Unfortunately the Laredo Paranormal Society’s presentation was sold out on Friday at the Villa Antigua Museum and I didn’t make the it in; but, I bet I will hear a llorona, chupacabra, River Monster, or some other good scary story on Halloween. It might even be from YOU!