Monday, October 29, 2007

Happy Halloween Everyone!!!!!



Well, Halloween is this coming Wednesday evening and once again Genesis Security has increased its number of Community Patrol vehicles on the street to make sure that all the trick-or-treaters have a great time in a safe environment.

In the meantime, we have once again jotted down a few safety tips for both the parents and kids:

• Make sure they stay on sidewalks, always walking and never running.
• It’s a good idea if they stay in neighborhoods that are familiar to them.
• They should carry a flashlight and wear reflectors
• Whatever shoes are being worn should fit; even if they are not part of the
costume.
• Only approach homes that are well lit.
• Do not attempt to approach any pets that they don’t know.
• Make sure their costumes don’t drag on the ground.
• Ensure that your children understand and obey all traffic signs.
• Have your kids go through their treats with you when they get home.
• It’s also a good idea to make sure that your children have a few quarters so
that they can call home if they have to.

By the way, did you know how Halloween actually got its start?

It can be traced back to the Druids and the feast of the Samhain, which was an annual practice held every 31st of October to honor the dead. Samhain translates to “summers end” or November and it was a harvest festival that had massive bonfires that marked the end of the Celtic year and the beginning of the new one.

The Celts believed the souls of the dead roamed through the streets within the village and with their fear that not all the spirits would be friendly, gifts and treats were left outside to pacify the evil ones and ensure the following year’s crops would be plentiful. This is the custom that evolved into “trick-or-treat”!!!!

One last thing everyone; Ashley Meehan, our new Director of Alarm Services has published a Newsletter with fresh content that is going to be delivered to as many businesses as we can get out to tomorrow in the Kerrisdale neighborhood, so keep an eye out for the Community Patrol.

Be safe everyone and don’t eat too much candy.

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