safe costumes

It’s late October: are you scared already?  Do not fear: the Librarian’s Internet Index has a goodie bag of web links to calm you.

For safer, happier trick-or-treating, check out the Halloween Safety Alert from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.  It offers handy tips, complete with diagrams.  For inter-species safety, read Holiday Pet Hazards and How to Prevent Them, and remember to lock up the chocolate.  If the very mention of chocolate makes you break out in an anxious, allergic skin rash, you might benefit from posts about alternative treats, including 10 Gluten-Free Halloween Party Recipes and the holiday menu at Vegans in Paradise, which includes “Howling Banshee Treats” and “Rolo the Pet Tarantula.”

Social anxiety might be the hidden plague at Halloween, but homebodies don’t have to miss out on the fun.  The U.S. Census Bureau has a special treat for data nerds, and history buffs have a very cool site with simulated flying vampire bats.  Or if all that is too overwhelming, you could spend a quiet evening at home preserving pumpkins.  The National Center for Home Food Preservation has all the instructions, but for heaven’s sake, heed their warning: “DO NOT MASH OR PUREE.”

Of course, if you insist on being reckless, there are plenty of resources to help you.  For example, you could print out vintage poison labels to slap on the punch bowl at your Halloween party.  Just imagine the look of horror on your guests’ faces when they see that they’re really drinking Deadly Nightshade or Carbolic Acid!  HA!  HA!  If they drape your car with toilet paper, don’t blame us: we did our best to keep you from harm.