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American Red Cross Halloween Safety Tips

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With witches, goblins, and super-heroes descending on neighborhoods across America, the American Red Cross offers parents some safety tips to help prepare their children for a safe and enjoyable trick-or-treat holiday. Halloween should be filled with surprise and enjoyment, and following some common sense practices can keep events safer and more fun.


  • Walk, slither, and sneak on sidewalks, not in the street.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street to check for cars, trucks, and low-flying brooms. 
  • Cross the street only at corners. 
  • Don't hide or cross the street between parked cars. 
  • Wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing so you are more visible. (And remember to put reflective tape on bikes, skateboards, and brooms, too!) 
  • Plan your route and share it with your family. If possible, have an adult go with you. 
  • Carry a flashlight to light your way. 
  • Keep away from open fires and candles. (Costumes can be extremely flammable.) 
  • Visit homes that have the porch light on. 
  • Accept your treats at the door and never go into a stranger's house. 
  • Use face paint rather than masks or things that will cover your eyes. 
  • Be cautious of animals and strangers. 
  • Have a grown-up inspect your treats before eating. And don't eat candy if the package is already opened. Small, hard pieces of candy are a choking hazard for young children.

Click here to access the Red Cross of Santa Cruz. Find other helpful materials such as the Babysitter Handbook and Pet First Aid.


 The Holiday Travel Season is Just Around the Corner!


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Traveling by Air with a Toddler - Oh, the Joy

Cate Townsend

First thing's first: Don't sweat it so much.
It's going to be really hard or really easy or somewhere in between and the best thing you can do (and the only thing, really) is to be prepared. That was the advice given to me by a pro nanny and it was really the best advice I'd come across. We're talking about flying here - no cars. If you're going to be traveling in the car for long periods with a toddler then all I have to say is don't forget the portable DVD and Thomas. And your sanity.
How to Pack
How I approached packing for the Big Trip With 13-Month Old Grace was to think about where we were going and whether or not there'd be important things readily available and within a reasonable distance--things like diapers and wipes and bottle parts and Tylenol, even clothing. Then I didn't worry about forgetting those types of items and could concentrate on packing the stuff that we couldn't get so easily--like Grace's favorite stuffed kitty or the tattered board book of giggling babies that keeps her entertained. So worry about packing the important stuff first, which, by the way, includes a towel. I think that was in Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy--something about how all you need to travel in the universe is a towel. Think about it. A towel can be your best friend in all types of situations involving a toddler.
Car Seat or No Car Seat?
I should rephrase that--Got Money or Don't Got Money? Sometimes, if you're lucky, you can bring the car seat without buying a seat for your toddler and ask the airline if they have room. For three out of the four legs of our trip to Cancun, the airline had room for the seat and we were allowed to bring it on--even though we hadn't bought the seat. We flew American; some airlines may have policies on this and it would be a good idea to check before you start lugging the thing around the airports with you. But it comes back to the cash thing. If you've got it, save yourself a headache and buy the seat. That last leg holding Grace on our laps was, well, the longest leg of the trip.
I don't care what they say about bringing food onto the plane. Find a way to do it. We managed to sneak on goldfish crackers and a banana and milk-most airlines will allow bottles with formula or milk. You know how slow those beverage carts move down the aisle, and if you've got a whiny or screaming toddler it's going to feel like an eternity before that cart makes it to your seat. I should mention that a teeny bag of over-salted pretzels doesn't cut it, either.
Traveling With More Than One Toddler
Seriously. I don't know a thing about it, except that I know I don't want to do it. But I know I could. Like anything in life, you just do what you have to do to get from here to there, pack what's going to make it a little easier, and store up a lot of patience. What it comes down to is this: when traveling by air with a toddler, don't sweat it so much. And bring a towel.


Cate Townsend is a local writer, surfer, geologist, musician and mom to (almost) 2 year old Grace (left). Cate has called Santa Cruz home for over 18 years.


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Spring Hill Advanced Elementary - OPEN HOUSE

250 California Street, Santa Cruz

Tuesday, November 13th

6:00pm - 7:30pm




Skypark, Scotts Valley

Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm


Funniest, most creative, look alike, and child & dog categories will be awarded at this new family event! 



Capitola Village

Time: 2:00pm (line-up at 1:30)


Parade through Capitola Village, ending at Esplanade Park 



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Time: 3:00pm - 6:00pm


All ages for fun, decorating, and refreshments. 


Halloween on the Wharf


Santa Cruz Wharf

Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm


Treats for kids, costume contest and photo booth. 



Downtown Santa Cruz

Time: 2:30pm - 5:00pm


Trick-or Treat on Pacific Avenue



41st Avenue, Capitola

Time: 4:00pm - 7:00pm


Candy, carnival games, and a costume parade every hour!


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