Which trick or treat will suit your fancy?
Halloween is Wednesday, Oct. 31, this year, and, unless stated otherwise, the events below take place on this day. Remember, we’re still on Daylight Savings Time; falling back an hour doesn’t occur until Nov. 4.
Dr. Mortis’ House of Horrors is open from 6 to 10 three nights, Monday, Oct. 29, through Halloween night at Condon Park in the L.O.V.E. building in Grass Valley. Tickets are $5 in advance (call Chris Navo at 272-0554) or $7 at the door. Sponsored by the Grass Valley Lions Host Club.
Trick-or-Treat in the Land of Storybook Treats at the 49er Family Fun Park is from 3 to 6 p.m. This is trick or treat with a twist along the Storybook Miniature Golf Course for ages 12 and under. Each green is sponsored by a local business, and each has a unique activity and candy for the children. The theme is storybook, so there are no scary or spooky things on the course. There will be costume contests, lots of fun games and activities, music and prizes. It’s all free – just bring canned goods to benefit the Food Bank of Nevada County, and let’s fill up those shelves. The 49er Family Fun Park is at 314 Railroad Avenue in Grass Valley. Call 272-4949 for more information.
Looking for a safe environment for children for Halloween? The United Methodist Church in Nevada City (at the top of Broad Street) is hosting a community party, a longstanding tradition. The fellowship hall is open for games, prizes, cookies, cider and eats – all free. We will have a preschool area set up away from the older children’s’ area. Bathrooms are open. Call the church at 265-2797 for more information.
The National Fire Protection Association offers a few important tips for keeping Halloween safe:
• Purchase only costumes, wigs and props labeled flame-resistant or flame-retardant. When creating a costume, choose material that won’t easily ignite if it comes in contact with heat or flame. Avoid billowing or long trailing features.
• Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep them away from heat sources.
• Use flashlights, not candles, for illumination when decorating walkways and yards and when illuminating Jack-O-Lanterns. If you must use candles, use long, fireplace-style matches and be sure to place lighted pumpkins well away from anything that can burn, including doorsteps, walkways and yards.
• Ensure nothing blocks escape routes.
• Be sure children know how to stop, drop and roll in the event their clothing catches fire. (Stop immediately; drop to the ground, cover your face with your hands; and roll over and over to extinguish flames.)
For more information go online at http://www.nfpa.org/halloween.
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