Trick-or-treating is a lot of fun for children of all ages. Obeying a few rules while out gathering goodies will make this Halloween afun night for all.
Children should wait until they get home to eat their goodies. Parents should check all candy before kids eat it.
Trick-or-treat in your own neighborhood, on well-lighted streets. Parents or an older brother or sister should escort smaller children.
However children decide to dress up, costumes should fit properly and not cover the eyes.
FOR THE RECORD - Due to an editing error in Monday's Brooklyn Park Neighbors column, an incorrect date was given for free flu shots for seniors at the Brooklyn Park Health Center on Hammonds Lane.
The shots will be administered from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5. People are advised to go early to avoid the rush. If you cannot make it to the center, call 222-6620 to arrange for a home visit.
Fire Prevention Week has passed, but winter is approaching. Soon furnaces, space heaters and fireplaces will be turned on.
"Every year, almost 5,000 Americans die from homefires," said Charles Fraim, director of Harbor Hospital's plant operations. "That's 13 people a day, dying in their own homes."
To help educate both the community and employees about how to prepare for fires, including the most effective means to evacuate from buildings, a pamphlet explaining the how to practice fire drills in the home program is available to the community.
To obtain a copy, call 347-3602.
The Seventh Day Adventist Church of Brooklyn, Fourth Street and Annabel Avenue, already has started preparing for the holidays.
Last week the church distributed grocery bags to all the homes inthe area, asking people to fill them with non-perishable items.
The church committee collected the bags this Saturday and started the process of sorting the food. All donated items will be given to people in the area for Thanksgiving, Christmas and whenever else needed.
Some of the food will be donated to the church's lunch program. Thechurch offers free hot lunches for people in need from 11 a.m. until1 p.m. every Wednesday.
The church committee was visited by the Oriole Bird and treated to pizza donated by Little Caesar's following the collection.
A tally of the food collected will be made known next week.
Belle Grove Elementary news: Pupils will enjoy a Halloween parade and parties beginning at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
The children will parade around the school in costume. Morning kindergartners will parade at 10 a.m.
Brooklyn Park Elementary news: Allchildren are asked to bring costumes to school so they may dress forthe Halloween Parade, which will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday. The children will parade around the school's blacktop, so everyone can enjoy their costumes.
This event will be followed by parties in the individual classrooms.
* The school is involved in the Book It! National Reading Incentive Program sponsored by Pizza Hut.
The program isdesigned to motivate children to read more. The school has set the goal of reading every night. When pupils have read and recorded their books for a month, the list is given to the teacher. In return, the children receive a certificate for a free one-topping personal pan pizza.
Any class where all pupils meet the program's goals will receive a pizza party sponsored by Pizza Hut.
Encourage your children to read and record their books.
* All candy fund-raiser money should have been returned to the school along with the orders.
* Parents and people in the community are needed to assist the children on computers. If you can give an hour or more of your time once a week, the help would be greatly appreciated.
Brooklyn Park/Lindale Middle Junior High news: A special thanks is extended to the staff members, students and parents who participated in the Fall Clean-Up.
These people trimmed the shrubs and grass, removed weeds and picked upthetrash around the school. The school appreciates the work.
Park Elementary news: A joint CAC/PTO meeting will begin at 6 p.m. tomorrow at the school.
North County High news: Homecoming will be celebrated Saturday at the school. A parade will start at 1 p.m., followed by a game against Glen Burnie at 2.
A homecoming dance to conclude the day's festivities will begin at 8 p.m.
* It's timeto start getting into the holiday spirit. Why not start your shopping at the ninth annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at the school. More than 50 of the best crafters from the area will bepresent.
Food will be sold, including baked goods. All proceeds from this event will benefit the students of North County through scholarships and an enriched school environment.
'Tis the season for the flu, which all of us would like to avoid. To prevent the flu,free flu shots for seniors will be given from 1 to 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Brooklyn Park Health Center on Hammonds Lane.
People are advised to go early to avoid the rush. Last year, more than 400 shots were given.
If you are homebound and cannot make it to the center, call 222-6620 to arrange for a home visit.
The Brooklyn Park Youth Athletic Association will have its monthly meeting beginning at 8:30 tonight at the Northern District Police Station on Hammonds Lane.
County Councilman George Bachman will be the guest speaker.