Halloween isn’t as simple as it used to be. Nowadays, preparing for trick-or-treating involves more than just picking out a costume and goodie bag. It’s such a fun, child-oriented event that we seldom stop to think of the risks involved.

The reality is that a child is two times more likely to be fatally struck by a car on Halloween than at any other point during the year. Why? Children are crossing the street at night, sometimes without looking or darting out from between parked cars. It doesn’t help if they are wearing dark-colored costumes or masks that partially obscure their vision.

The good news is that there are steps you can take to protect your child this Halloween.

  • Pick a costume that fits your child well and would not cause tripping. Consider face-paint or a costume hat instead of a mask. If you will be out after dusk, add reflective tape to your child’s costume or bag. A fun alternative is to carry a glow stick or wear a glow necklace.
  • Speak with your child about the importance of staying with you or another trusted adult at all times while trick-or-treating.
  • Walk along a planned route through a well-lit area. Bring a flashlight just in case.
  • Stick to the sidewalks and only cross the street at a crosswalk. Look both ways first to make sure no cars are coming. If there are cars on the street, wait until all cars have fully stopped; do not assume a car will stop even if you see it slowing down. Never walk out into the street from between parked cars.
  • Only approach homes with an outside light on. Make sure your child knows to never go into a house or car for candy, but to stay outside the door with you or a trusted adult.
  • Check your child’s costume every 10-20 minutes to make sure it hasn’t slipped or his or her shoelaces haven’t come undone.
  • Remind your child to wait to eat their treats until after you have looked at them first. Children should not eat candy that has already been opened.

This month at our Cadence Education schools, we have been talking with students about these basic Halloween safety practices.  Our Trick-or-Treat Safety Cards can help you initiate these conversations with your child at home.


Our school is closed today in observance of Memorial Day. The simplest thing you can do to explain and honor this holiday with your children is to spend time talking to them about what Memorial Day means to you. Take the day to talk & reflect on the subject of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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Get in the spirit of Earth Day with these fun facts and activity ideas.

Fun facts about Earth Day:

1.  Earth Day Networks estimates that 500 million people from 4,500
organizations in 180 countries will participate in Earth Day events during
the month of April.

2.  Earth Day is big with schools. On many school calendars, it is the third
most activity-inspiring holiday, after Christmas and Halloween.

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April Fools’ Day, also known as April Fool’s Day or All Fools’ Day is celebrated each year on the first day of April. It has been popular since the 19th century and is well known in Europe, Australia, Canada, Brazil and the United States – although it is not a national holiday in any country.

April Fools’ Day Fun Facts

1.  No one knows exactly where, when or why April Fools’ Day began

2.  The most popular theory about the origin of April Fool’s Day involved the
French calendar reform of the sixteenth century.

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Saint Patrick’s Day is a global celebration of Irish culture on March 17th. It particularly remembers St. Patrick, one of Ireland’s patron saints, who ministered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century.

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in many parts of the world, especially by Irish communities and organizations. Everyone celebrates this Irish holiday in a different way, from corned beef and cabbage to dressing up. Take time this Saint Patrick’s Day to discuss the Irish culture and history.

How will you celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with your family this year?

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Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday by telling us which one of his books is your favorite!

Today is also a special day to celebrate reading: NEA’s Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2—Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

Read More at http://www.seussville.com/Educators/educatorReadAcrossAmerica.php

Saint Valentine’s Day, also known as Valentine’s Day, is a holiday celebrated on February 14th each year. Over history this day has evolved into a holiday in which people express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering sweets and sending valentine’s day cards.

Here are more fun facts about Valentine’s Day:

1.  The modern day celebration of Valentine’s Day is believed to have
begun in France and England.

2.  Cupid, which is the symbol for the Roman God of love, is one of the
best known symbols of Valentine’s Day along with roses, hearts and

3.  The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of
love. Since red stands for strong feelings, the red rose is a flower of

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On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, teach your child about the life and times of this American Civil Rights hero, who led millions of people in the fight for racial equality.

Take time today to do activities and discuss the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with your children.

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Whether you are in Time Square gazing at the magnificent New Year’s Eve Ball or watching the ball drop on TV, the countdown is equally as exciting!

Fun Facts About the New Year’s Eve Ball:

  • The Ball is a geodesic sphere, 12 feet in diameter and weighs 11,875 pounds.
  • The Ball is covered with a total of 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles that vary in size, and range in length from 4 3/4 inches to 5 3/4 inches per side.

Read More On… timessquarenyc.org