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5 Easy Ways to Have a Safer Halloween

Oct21

As we all prepare for a fun and fabulous Halloween, we wanted to take a minute to brush up on some safety tips this holiday! Here are 5 easy ways to have a safer Halloween this year:

Try to trick-or-treat before the sun goes down:

This is especially true for those with little tykes. Not only is it easier to keep track of everyone, but wee ones are less likely to get totally freaked out by some of the Halloween decorations.

Always stay together:

Establish a buddy system before you head out the front door (otherwise, everyone is already making a run for the neighbors house and won’t stay put to listen!) Pair up younger kids with older kids or adults. Make sure everyone knows who their buddy is. And review a game plan for if one of the kids gets separated, like meeting at a neighbors house who you’ve designated as a “safe house”.

Make sure your child’s outfit fits properly:

The last thing you (or your kid) wants is to be tripping over their costume and end up face first on the ground. Also, if your child is wearing any type of mask or helmet, make sure they can see properly.

Wait to open candy until you get home:

We know this might be hard for some kids, but try to hold off on consuming candy until you’ve had a chance to inspect all of it! Toss out anything that is opened, leaking, or just flat out looks iffy.

Give your child a tattoo:

Not a real one! We’re suggesting writing your mobile number on your child’s hand or wrist so that, worst-case scenario, if you do get separated, someone can contact you immediately.

safer halloween

Don’t forget, we’re hosting our annual Spooktacular Halloween event Saturday Oct. 26th and Sunday Oct. 27th! Come on out for a safe, fun, and festive day at Funderland and enjoy a Silly Haunted House, a Happy Little Pumpkin Patch, a Mysterious Magic Show, Costume Contests, and more! To view a schedule of our Spooktacular activities and attractions, please visit our Funderland Day of Schedule!

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Spooktacular Halloween Costume Competition Guidelines

Oct14

We’re so excited to see all the amazing kids costumes at this years’ Spooktacular Halloween Event! We had some great outfits at last years’ event so we know how creative, spooky, and silly you can be! Feel free to go crazy with your ideas! To help you out, we’ve made a list of our costume competition guidelines.

Participation and Costumes:

Children must check in within 10 minutes of the competition start time. Each child will be given an entry number at check in. Children need to enter in the appropriate themed costume competition based on their costume.

12:00 pm – Prettiest Princess or Most Impressive Superhero Costumes

2:00 pm – Most Original Costumes

4:00 pm – Silliest and Spookiest Costumes

 

Judging Criteria:

Creativity – Was the costume made creatively, colorfully, and does it show personality?

Originality – Does the costume stand out from the rest?

Effort – Did the costume take time and effort?

Authenticity – How accurate and thorough is the costume?

Remember, this is all about having fun and being creative with your kids! Every participant will receive Halloween candy. We look forward to seeing you at our Spooktacular Halloween Event Oct. 26th & 27th.

Spooktacular Halloween Event

Oct09

That’s right – our Spooktacular Halloween Event is back for another weekend full of slightly spooky, and certainly fun activities for the whole family! Join us Saturday Oct. 26th and Sunday Oct. 27th for frightfully festive Halloween celebrations!

Our Spooktacular Activities and Attractions:

  • Safe Trick or Treating – $3 each
  • A Silly Haunted House
  • A Happy Little Pumpkin Patch – $2.50 each
  • The Not So Spooky Train
  • Costume Contests
  • Magic shows
  • Face painting
  • Crafts, games & more!

Parents, Don’t Forget – children can come dressed in their favorite Halloween costume and enter into our Kids Costume Contest!

Plus you can get FREE tickets when you bring in new games or new art supplies for River Oak Center for Children (amount of tickets based on items donated)

We Support River Oak Center for Children

Oct07

Here at Funderland, we focus on building strong families and communities. We are always looking for ways to help children and their parents live happier lives by providing support, educational activities, and safe fun for everyone.

Who Is River Oak Center for Children?

One of our ongoing local beneficiaries is River Oak Center for Children, a nonprofit located right here in Sacramento who have been helping families in the greater Sacramento area since 1966. River Oak provides behavioral health and mental health services support for children and their families including those who:

  • suffer from social anxiety
  • suffer from depression
  • have emotional and psychological trauma
  • are facing other life impacting situations

How We Help

Throughout the year we have various fundraising opportunities that support River Oak Center for Children and during most of Funderland’s major park events we collect in-kind donations including toys and art supplies the children they help. River Oak walks away with many new friends, referrals, and lots of community awareness and education about their services. We are proud to be a part of this nonprofit’s efforts to impact the Sacramento community.

Get Involved

If you’d like to learn more about River Oak Center for Children, please visit www.riveroak.org and don’t miss our Spooktacular Halloween event happening on Oct. 26th-27th which will help support our friends at River Oak.

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