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Tips for Safe Trick-or-Treating

Halloween is so much fun because it’s not like other nights during the year. Here are a few tips to have fun and stay safe for parents and children:

  • After dark kids need to be able to see and be seen while watching out for cars and other traffic. Using a light colored costume will allow your child to be seen much easier. Adding reflective tape to your child’s costume is another way for them to be seen. The use of flashlights also assists in seeing and being able to be seen.
  • Be sure that your child’s mask or costume does not cover their eyes which would block vision. Using make-up and/or face paint is another great way to alleviate any vision impairment while trick-or-treating. When choosing a costume, be sure that it states “flame-retardant”.
  • Checking the length of the costume to alleviate tripping and/or stumbling during your child’s evening of fun. Be sure that props are short and flexible.
  • Trick-or-treating with family members and/or friends is always a good idea. Having your child carry a cell phone is a great way to stay in touch in case help is needed.
  • A route close to home is a great way to enjoy the evening where you will encounter friends and family that you are familiar with.
  •  Just a reminder, never enter anyone’s home. Likewise, do not get in a stranger’s car, even if a treat is offered.
  • Only visit homes that have their front porch light on.
  • Before kids eat their special treats, be sure to take a good look at them. If anything is not individually wrapped don’t eat it.
  • Be sure to help your kids save some for leftovers for the upcoming days ahead.

At the Y, we want to assist in providing the support and tools that are necessary to strengthen our community. That’s why we work day in and day out to nurture youth, strengthen families and promote healthy living. Have a happy and safe Halloween!

PumpkinMore Information:

Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Tips from Safe Kids Worldwide

Tips from the National Safety Counsel


Back to School Tips From the Y’s Youth Development Team

Now that school is back in session and schedules have been set, we would like to provide a few back-to-school tips to help your child be successful this school year. It’s been proven that children are more likely to succeed academically when parents take an active role in their education. And here are some simple tips to help you achieve that:


  • Make sure your child gets proper rest in order to improve their alertness and attentiveness throughout the school day.
  • Maintain good communication with your child’s teacher. Get involved in activities that support the school, staff  and building healthy relationships for giving and receiving feedback.
  • Provide healthy meals and snacks. Good good nutrition is essential to helping your child thrive in every aspect of life.
  • Schedule regular doctors’ visits to ensure that your child is in good physical health. That includes eye exams to detect visual problems.
  • Prepare an area within your home where your child can focus on homework with minimal distractions, yet have access to you for help and questions.
  • Show active interest and provide praise for your child’s work.
  • Take time to read together for at least 20 minutes a day. This provides time for you and your child to connect while fostering important literacy skills.

At the Y, we’re committed to helping children and families thrive. It’s all about empowering our community for good. That’s why we strive every day to nurture our youth, strengthen families and help every person reach their healthiest best.


More than 1,700 runners filled the Marion County YMCA parking lot and fields Thanksgiving morning to participate in our 17th Annual Turkey Trot.
Our annual 5K raises money for our Scholarship program, which provides financial assistance for people in our community to participate in Y programs. At the Y, we believe that people of all ages and all walks of life should have the opportunity to participate in programs that will make them happier and healthier.

This year, there were 1,776 runners and more than 20 spinners that came together to create a sense of belonging and community. As the Turkey Trot grows year after year, the people in Marion County continue to grow stronger together as we come together as one to give thanks and celebrate our blessings.