Happy Halloween events and tips

October 29, 2008

By Staff

NEW — 11:40 a.m. October 29, 2008

Get your costume on and get set to have a Happy Halloween at these local events:

Haunted Gilman Village hosts Halloween trick-or-treating for children up to age 12 from 3-6 p.m. Oct. 31 at participating retail stores. Go to www.gilmanvillage.com.

Bring your children to safe trick-or-treating at Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation, 805 Front St. S. Residents will dress up and give out candy from 6:30-8 p.m. Call 392-1271.

The Cougar Mountain Zoo celebrates Halloween Oct. 31. Children who come in costume receive a free entry return coupon. There will be face painting from noon – 2 p.m. Watch as animals receive pumpkin-themed enrichment meals! The lemurs are fed at 11:30 a.m., tigers at 1 p.m. and cougar at 2 p.m. Call 392-6278.

The Rotary Club of Sammamish presents the fifth annual Nightmare at Beaver Lake through Oct. 31. Family hour starts at 7 p.m., with full frights from 8-11 p.m. Tickets are $9 for family hour; $12 for full frights through Thursday; $15 for full frights Friday and Saturday; $25 for unlimited entry for one night (all-nighter) and $90 for unlimited entry for the entire week. Go to www.nightmareatbeaverlake.com.

These American Red Cross guidelines can help keep families safe:  

· Walk, slither and sneak on sidewalks, not in the street.

· Look both ways before crossing the street to check for cars, trucks and low-flying brooms.

· Cross the street only at corners.

· Don’t hide or cross the street between parked cars.

· Wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing, so you are more visible. (And remember to put reflective tape on bikes, skateboards and brooms, too!)

· Plan your route and share it with your family. If possible, have an adult go with you.

· Carry a flashlight to light your way.

· Keep away from open fires and candles. (Costumes can be extremely flammable.)

· Visit homes that have the porch light on.

· Accept your treats at the door and never go into a stranger’s house.

· Use face paint rather than masks or things that cover your eyes.

· Be cautious of animals and strangers.

· Have a grown-up inspect your treats before eating. And don’t eat candy if the package is already opened.

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