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Trick or Treat?


October 28, 2010

Halloween in Pasadena

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Finally, Halloween is upon us!  I always feel like I'm holding my breath around Halloween as we make our way through the stores with candy dumping out of the aisles or we catch a glimpse of a scary skeleton and tomb stone.  My daughter screams, "What's that?" because she doesn't even know what a tombstone is.  Halloween can be pretty scary for little ones and it's my job to minimize the fright and yet maximize the fun with this crazy American tradition.

Between pumpkin patches, festivals, costume prep, and treat bags for school classrooms, we're ready for Halloween in our house.  We don't get any trick-or-treaters at our house because we live on a hill and there are very few other children in the neighborhood.  We usually join some friends in another part of Pasadena for some trick-or-treating at dusk, before the teenagers come out and try to scare everyone.  We try to squeeze in just enough scary monsters and ghosts that my 6 and 4 year-olds can handle, and once the treat bucket is full enough of candy and other treats.  The last thing I want is to have my kids waking up because of nightmares from their Halloween experiences. 

Be sure to read the American Academy of Pediatrics' "Halloween Safety Tips" in the article below. It's full of good reminders about keeping Halloween safe and fun.  Filling kids up with a good meal before trick-or-treating will certianly help the post treating phase of the night. 

This week's newsletter is devoted to the many Halloween activities that are taking place in and around Pasadena.  For updates about Halloween happenings, be sure to follow PasadenaMacKid on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.  You don't want to miss any of the fun!  And, if you know of something that's not posted, please let me know so I can get the word out. 

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

--Lauren