When witches go riding
and black cats are seen.
The moon laughs and
“tis near Halloween!”
Posted on 10/22/16
By Melissa Anderson
This is the childhood rhyme that lends a spooky air to the days leading up to that most favorite of childhood holidays, Halloween!
This year the children in the Langdon Area and surrounding communities will have plenty to look forward to as the Langdon Area Chamber of Commerce holds their annual Halloween “Spooktacular” on the morning of October 29.
Not only does the event provide an added opportunity for the kids to get candy and wear their costumes for a little longer, it also provides a safe environment for them to have additional ghostly good fun.
“We wanted to do an event just for kids! It’s a free event and gives them a reason to wear their costume longer,” Lacey Klingbeil, the organizer for this year’s event, said.
The start and stop location of the Langdon Activity Center provides ample space for the ghoulish gathering of costumed children to have fun while in their Halloween finery.
The morning festivities will also have a breakfast for the costumed trick-or-treaters and their adult supervision as Boyd Block will be selling donuts and bottled water
The event scares off at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. The little boos and ghouls will pick up their Pumpkin Pass Card and creep their way to the participating haunts.
The frightful locations include: Quality Specialty Products and Printing, Cavalier County Memorial Hospital, Choice Financial, City of Langdon, Cobblestone Inn and Suites, Farmers and Merchants State Bank, Glitz and Glam, Langdon Senior Center, Langdon Community Drug, Langdon Floral, Langdon General Store, Langdon Hardware Store, Langdon Motor Inn, Imagination Library, Schroeder’s Furniture, Sew On and Sew North, Bread Pan, Thrivent Financial and Splash-N-Dash/Cutting Edges.
After the devilish darlings have collected all the stops stamps on the Pumpkin Pass Card and, of course, tricked-or-treated their ghostly hosts, they return to the Langdon Activity Center by 11 a.m. for the door prize drawing. Don’t get scared away,however, as the little boos and ghouls must be present to win.
“The community is amazing at giving numerous door prizes. We receive different baskets each year. Without the participating businesses and a supporting community, this event wouldn’t be possible,” Klingbeil said.
While the cackles of children fill the activity center gym, parents can watch with alarm as the creativity flows like witches brew as the frightful scene gives “chill”-dren the chance to make their own Halloween masks.
“There will also be a Monster Puppet making station and photo booth,” Klingbeil said.
The event is free to all and fun for all ages so long as they are living. Klingbeil said a great age range is from newborn to 12 years.
“We had 197 kids last year, and we are hoping for more! All surrounding communities are welcome to attend. This is a family affair, and it’s free,” Klingbeil stated.
If you have any questions concerning the “Spooktacular”, please feel free to contact Lacey Klingbeil or Karla Rademacher.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers several tips to help the trick-or-treaters have a safe and healthy Halloween this year.
For costumes, try to find or plan to have ones that are bright and reflective. Make sure that the shoes the child will wear fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
If the child wants something on the dark side, consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
If a mask is what makes the costume, remember that they can limit or block eyesight; consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes. Makeup should be tested ahead of time on a small patch of skin to ensure there are no unpleasant surprises on the big day.
A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds. If older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable and agree on a specific time when they should return home.
Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind trick-or-treaters:
• Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
• Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
• If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
• Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing trick-or-treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!
• Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
When the visiting trick-or-treaters reach your home to show off their costumes, homeowners can keep the kids safe by removing items that a child could trip on from the porch and front yard such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations. Homeowners should also check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
It’s recommended that children eat a good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating to discourage them from filling up on Halloween treats.
Don’t want to give the traditional candy “treat”? Consider purchasing non-food treats for those who visit your home, such as coloring books or pens and pencils.
For parents, wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
To make the Halloween haul last longer than one night and avoid the tummy ache, try to ration treats for the days and weeks following Halloween.
Follow these tips and have a safe and healthy Halloween.