Fearful, Foggy Night © Patricia L. Cisco

Damp darkness befalls as gray fog settles in.
Frightening shadows lingering within.

Footsteps echo through the black, eerie night
With scrapings and rustlings, yet nothing in sight.

Misty clouds floating across the dull moon.
Heart stopping feelings of horror and doom.

Howling squeals pierce the smoggy air.
My heart pounding harder in panicky fear.

The faster and faster I try to race, 
My shaky, weak legs won't keep up the pace.

A scary, awful blood-curdling scream.
I feel so faint, as if in a dream.

Ghostly eyes glowing in bushes distant,
Getting closer and closer in an instant.

Frozen stiff, I shut my eyes tight,
Holding my breath with all my might.

Then swishing past in the chilly breeze,
Opening one eye, I suddenly breathe.

Finally putting my fears at ease. 
Oh, it's just Trick or Treaters on All Hallows' Eve!






Walk Safely

1.     Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.

2.     Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. 

3.     Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.

4.     Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.

5.     Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to
the left as possible.  Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.

6.     Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.


Trick or Treat with an Adult

1.     Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.


Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

1.     Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.

2.     Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.

3.     Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. 

4.     When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. 


Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

1.     Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.

2.     Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.

3.     Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.

4.     Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

5.     Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.

6.     Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.



If you are planning on welcoming Trick-or-Treaters to your home, follow these safety steps:

1.     Sweep leaves from your sidewalks and steps.

2.     Clear your porch or front yard of obstacles someone could trip over.

3.     Restrain your pets.

4.     Light the area well so the young visitors can see.

5.      Use extra caution if driving. The youngsters are excited and may forget to look both ways before crossing.

Download the free Red Cross First Aid App for instant access to expert advice in case your ghost, goblin or super hero has a mishap. Use the Emergency App for weather alerts and to let others know you are safe if severe weather occurs. Find these and all of the Red Cross apps in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.


AuthorMelissa Scott

October is the month of many things – some spooky, some silly and some just plain delicious!  Apple cider, sugared donuts, crisp apples and the smell of pumpkins come to mind when you think of October!  The seasons are officially changing, sweater weather is finally here, and it’s the beginning of the holiday season, starting off with the most FUN holiday of them all…Halloween! Halloween is a time of year that the whole family can get behind. This season, JS Homes wants to ensure that all of our home owners and their families have an eye into the events happening in our state for “Funtober” so you can all get involved and get out there to celebrate! See below for a list of all the events happening statewide, which includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, and more:

1.     Coleman’s Christmas Tree Farm – Middletown - Everyday

Coleman’s is a Delaware treasure! Open since 1932 it continues to offer seasonal fun for the whole family! During October, Coleman’s is open everyday from 9 am-5 pm.  Come find the perfect pumpkin in their acres of pumpkin patches and enjoy the free hayrides offered from 12:30-4:30 on weekdays and all day Saturday’s and Sunday’s.  Free parking and no entrance fee.  Check out Coleman’s online to see all their events and photos: http://www.colemanstreefarm.com/home.html


2.     Fifer Orchards Fall Fest Saturdays - Camden-Wyoming – Every Saturday

Another Delaware treasure!  Fifer Orchards is hositng Fall Fest Saturday’s all month.  There is so much to do including corn mazes, hayrides, games for the kids (and adult kids), u-pick pumpkins and farm tours just to name a few. Be sure to visit their website for all the details and see photos: https://www.fiferorchards.com


3.     Frightland – Middletown – Opens 6 pm – Check website for schedule

Frighland Haunted Attractions has been named a Top 10 Scariest Haunted Attraction in the country by the Travel Channel, Forbes and the Huffington Post.  They offer 8 unique haunted attractions, including a 2-mile haunted hayride, four indoor haunted houses and much, much more.  Addtionally, there is a full amusement park with rides, a DJ, giveaways and all kinds of delicious, seasonal carnival food. You have to see Frightland to believe it!  This may not be suitable for the little ones so use your discretion. There is a fee for parking, 100% of which is donated to the Leukemia Society of Delaware!  Check out their website for complete hours, tickets and pricing.  Here are just a few of their upcoming special event nights, which offer discounted Frightland passes and other freebies to these specific groups:

       October 19th: High School Night (must present valid HS identification) Opens at 6 pm

       October 22: Military Appreciation Night (must present valid identification) Opens at 6 pm

      October 29: Greek Night (sorority/fraternity identification must be presented) Opens at 6 pm

Check out their website for all the details and hours of operation: http://frightland.com


4.     Family Fall Festival – Church on Main in Middletown – October 21, 12-3 pm

Bring the whole family to this fun event held in the parking area of the Church on Main from 12-3 this Saturday.  There will be food, crafts, music, games, inflatables and lots of fun!  Sponsored in conjunction with Middletown Main Street Inc.  The weather promises to be beautiful so check it out this Saturday.  Here’s the link:



5.     Trunk or Treat – St. Andrews Lutheran Church – Smryna – October 22, 1-3 pm

Kids are welcome to come out and trick or treat in costume from 1-3 this Sunday! Stop down and meet some of the wonderful folks in our Smyrna/Clayton community.  This event is free and open to everyone.


6.     Trick or Treat on Main – Main Street – Middletown – October 26,  5:30-7:30 pm

Trick or Treat is a staple in our town and it’s back again for another year. Organized by the Downtown Middletown local merchants, this event is fun for the entire family! Stop by local shops, see what great services and products they each have to offer and, of course, leave with a sweet treat! We can’t wait to see everyone in their dazzling, spooky, heroic and sweet costumes!



7.     Sea Witch Festival - Rehoboth Beach, DE - Oct 27 to Oct 29, 2017

Join everyone in Rehoboth Beach at the 28th Annual Sea Witch Festival! This amazing event offers food, games, prizes, rides and music! Families are encouraged to bring the dogs to share in the fun and walk along the parade route – not just any parade – a costume parade.  That’s right, there a costume parade!  Kids can trick or treat on the trail, too.  Be sure to check out the link so you don’t miss out on this fun-filled family day!



8.     Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival - Rehoboth Beach, DE - Nov 3 to Nov 12, 2017

The oldest and largest event of its kind in the State of Delaware. A Festival Pass is required each year to purchase tickets (except for Rush Ticket Sales), but it’s a great activity for anyone who loves the movies!  http://www.rehobothfilm.com/festival.html


AuthorMelissa Scott