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Keep Kids Safe at Halloween

AUBURN, Ala.- It is Halloween — time to dress up as your favorite princess or superhero! Children look forward to roaming neighborhoods for free candy the whole year. However, with great fun comes great responsibility. There are many food and clothing safety precautions that parents and homeowners should take before planning trick or treat adventures. Leigh Akins, a family and child development ... Read More »

Keep the Scare in your Jack-O-Lantern this Halloween

AUBURN, Alabama–With Halloween rapidly approaching, millions of people are headed to the pumpkin patches to select that perfect pumpkin for carving the family jack-o-lantern. The life span of the jack-o-lantern is a short one. The day after carving the pumpkin, there is a noticeable difference in the pumpkin and by the next night that scary face that you carved, is ... Read More »

Allergies During Halloween

AUBURN, AL.—As Halloween is rapidly approaching us, many children are gearing up to go trick-or-treating. While most kids can safely eat all of the candy they get while trick-or-treating, some children have severe food allergies  such as to nuts, gluten or dairy, and some may suffer from  diabetes, which limits their intake of sugary foods.  Dr. Jean Weese, a food safety and quality specialist with ... Read More »

Don’t Get Tricked When Trick or Treating

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AUBURN, Ala.–It’s time for pumpkin patches, jack-o-lanterns, hay rides, colorful leaves–and most exciting for the kids–trick or treating on Halloween! As a parent or as an adult who will be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, it is important to know how to keep children safe on Halloween. The following are a few tips for parents and homeowners from Leigh Akins, ... Read More »

Spice Up the Fall with Pumpkin

Auburn, Ala. —In case you haven’t noticed, it’s getting a little cooler outside. It’s autumn, and more than just the leaves on the tress are changing. It’s time for fall decorations, recipes and celebrations, and what better fruit to incorporate into all things fall than pumpkins? Pumpkin is a fruit native to America. It was introduced to the pilgrims by Native ... Read More »

How to Grow a Jack-O-Lantern

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Growing your own Jack-O-Lantern may be a dream come true for kids who love the fall pumpkin-carving tradition. What can you do to ensure ample growth by the time pumpkin picking time rolls around? Extension Horticulturist Joe Kemble said there are many aspects to address in order to have a productive pumpkin plant. Ensuring successful pollination is essential before moving on ... Read More »

Grow Your Own Jack-O-Lanterns

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Planting Pumpkins in Alabama Dreaming of pies or spooky jack-o-lanterns?  You still have time to grow your own. The pumpkin-planting window in Alabama is nearly a month long, beginning June 15 and continuing to July 15. Dr. Joe Kemble, Alabama Extension Horticulturist said the window covers pumpkin growers in northern and southern parts of the state — and everyone in ... Read More »

Have a Healthy Halloween

Halloween has turned into a celebration of refined sugar. It can be difficult to help children make healthy decisions, especially when they don’t want to miss out on the fun of trick-or-treating with friends. Two Alabama Extension nutrition professionals have tips to make Halloween a fun and healthy celebration that children will love. “Treasures, not treats” is the rule that Teresa Forehand ... Read More »