If you’re expecting trick-or-treaters or party guests on October 31, these 5 tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can help make the festivities safe and fun:

  1. Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and drinks. For party guests, offer a variety of fruits, vegetables, and cheeses.
  2. Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.
  3. Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could result in falls.
  4. Keep candle-lit jack o’lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.
  5. Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.




With the presence of hurricanes and other natural disasters looming in our future, it is a very good idea to inventory your belongings. In addition, it is suggested that you either photograph or video tape your personal contents. This will serve as a record of what you owned in the event that a disaster completely removes them from your home, apartment, condo, etc. It is also best that you keep the file(s) on a thumb-drive, preferably one that you can attach to your keychain so it is always with you. Don’t forget to put your home disaster kit together if you haven’t done so already!