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A Halloween primer ...

Get your best mask on, and dust off those vampire fangs, it’s Halloween and there are a couple of things that can satisfy your ghoulish fancy this weekend:

Terror: Oxygen Art Centre cabaret

Oct. 29 at Oxygen Art Centre, 320 Vernon (alley)
Arriving in Canada in a shipping container with 497 other refugees, Yakov Libidovitch has high expectations of life in this great country.

But does Yakov come with baggage? Or just the tracksuit on his back?

Join in for a night of terror, from sketchy RCMP detachments to suspicious Russian dudes to marauding Canadian deer. Terror begins at home.

Featuring Nicola Harwood, Brahm Taylor, Lucas Myers, Lisel Forst, Sydney Galbraith, Jonnine Mahonen, Lisa Menna, Geoffry Ferguson, Rose Nielsen, Anneke Rosch and many of their charming and unreliable friends.

Tickets are $20 in advance at Eddy Music. Limited seating.Not suitable for children or pets.

Contact: office@oxygenartcentre.org

Monster Mash

Oct. 29 at Trafalgar Middle School (enter from Hall St., room 306)

It will be a ‘spooktacular’ Halloween party on Friday at 4:30 p.m. in Trafalgar Middle School, when Nelson Youth Theatre presents their new music-filled play, Monster Mash.

Monster Mash stars the acting talents of Petra Craven-Shreenan, Ivie Luttmer-Locke, Zoe Bingham, Jared May, Mimi Lockhurst, Lennox Lockhurst, Loki Wickman, Hannah Malenfant, Tate Whitman, Maika Houde, Maia Robertson-Weir, Addis Atkinson, Semegn Atkinson, Henry Craven-Shreenan, Tucker Bingham, and London Morgan.

Wear a costume to the show and get in for half-price (check out www.forstmedia.ca for more information).

Best costumes win prizes. Tickets at the door for Monster Mash are $5 for all-ages.

For those about the Treat, we salute you …

Using these safety tips from the Nelson Police Department and Nelson Fire Rescue, along with some common sense, can help you make the most of your Halloween night.

When helping your child plan their costume, be sure to:

• Purchase Halloween costumes that are flame resistant.

• Avoid costumes with long trailing pieces that may easily ignite.

• Teach children to stay clear of open flames and other heat sources.

When trick or treating, be sure that children:

• Go only to well-lit houses and remain on the porches rather than entering the houses.

• Travel in small groups, accompanied by an adult.

• Know their phone number and carry coins for emergency phone calls.

• Have their names and addresses attached to their costumes.

• Bring treats home before eating them so parents can inspect them.

When walking in neighborhoods, remind children to:

Use flashlights, stay on sidewalks, and avoid crossing yards.

• Cross streets at the corner, use crosswalks and not cross between parked cars.

• Stop at all corners. Stay together as a group before crossing.

• Wear bright, reflective clothing that is flame retardant.

• Consider using face paint instead of masks (masks can obstruct a child’s vision) .

Parents and adults, please:

• Supervise the outing for children under the age of 12.

• Establish a return time for older children.

• Prepare your home for trick-or-treaters by clearing your porch, sidewalk and lawns.

• Avoid giving choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies or small toys.

• Inspect all candy for safety before children eat it.

• Have children get out of cars on the curb side, NOT on the traffic side.