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Nutty, spooky and safe: Halloween at the YMCA

Monday, October 16, 2006

Halloween can be silly: a nutty, spooky scare. But let's not have a night of fun spoiled by any real scare. For a safe, exciting Halloween, the YMCA of Clay County is again offering an imaginative Halloween experience -- an evening for little goblins and their families to enjoy in an environment that's both caring and safe. The holiday fun takes place from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 28at 225 E. Kruzan St.

The YMCA of Clay County will be decorated, waiting, and well supervised.

"It's a safe, creative and social experience for all ages," said Chad Zaucha, Executive Director, at the YMCA of Clay County. "Families want to know that their children are being looked after on Halloween night, while engaging in enjoyable, worthwhile activities. Our YMCA is not just a safe place, it's a happy and exciting destination for little kids, teens -- and adults."

For several years, the YMCA of Clay County has hosted a variety of organized Halloween activities that include games, crafts, and costume contests.

"Again this year, Halloween will deliver enough treats and spooky fun to delight children of every age, in the safe and caring, family atmosphere that characterizes our Y," said Zaucha. "So come to Halloween at the YMCA of Clay County -- where there's not a ghost of a chance that you'll be disappointed!"

For more information about "Halloween at the YMCA" festivities at the YMCA of Clay County contact Ryan Brimberry at 442-6761 or log onto the Web site:

http://www.claycountyymca.org.

Halloween still means bags of treats: Make them healthy ones! And put on your thinking caps, using your creativity to make and wear your own wild and wacky costumes. But no matter what your Halloween plans, the YMCA of Clay County suggests considering these precautions before heading to the Y or trick-or-treating in the neighborhood:

- Wear light-colored costumes, labels indicating "flame retardant"

- Wear shorter costumes to prevent tripping

- Add reflective tape or striping to costumes for greater visibility

- Use face make-up -- no hoods or masks that obscure the face and vision

- Take younger children door-to-door in daylight hours

- Carry a working flashlight

- Trick-or-treat within your neighborhood, only to homes you know

- Remind children: never enter homes and accept no rides from strangers

- Be alert to auto traffic, crossing safely, according to rules

- Have parents or other adults inspect treats

- Check your lawn and steps for tripping hazards

This year, strengthen your family! Celebrate Halloween together as enjoyable, quality time.



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