HALLOWEEN is right around the corner, and regardless of which side of the fence you sit on in regards to celebrating the occasion, you cannot fault Medowie’s approach to safety on this spooky night.
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News Of The Area is again proud to join several local businesses in sponsoring the free balloons offered to residents as part of the ‘Medowie Safe Streets’ campaign.
First launched in Medowie by resident Susan Patten, the safety campaign has grown rapidly in the three years it has been running, with residents encouraged to place a free yellow balloon on their letterbox if they welcome trick or treaters on October 31.
This year, News Of The Area, Medowie Neighbourhood Watch, Flourish Naturally Clinic and Remedial massage and Moore than Scents and Melts joined together to contribute funds to ensure the balloon campaign may run again this year.
Residents are encouraged from this week to seek out the trick or treat buckets at local supermarkets, shops and cafes to take an orange balloon with its very own safety message.
Safety is, as always, the major focus of Halloween, with parents reminded to accompany their children and speak with them about the differences between taking lollies from strangers, and visiting neighbours with an adult on this one celebrated night.
The ‘Medowie Mums’ facebook page also again this year is compiling a list of streets to form a map that is released on Halloween day, outlining a route for parents to follow for houses that have indicated they are happy to be a part of Medowie’s Safe Streets for Halloween.
An extra addition to the map this year is colour coded pins – orange to indicate a house with food treats, teal to indicated non-food treats to be inclusive of children with allergies or aversions, and purple to indicate a house with both.
Halloween this year falls on Wednesday 31 October.
If you would like to be included in this year’s Halloween photo gallery, please send your ghoulish pics to firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Rachael VAUGHAN