Volume 95, Issue 33

Wednesday, October 31, 2001
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Halloween safe for sugar-crazed kids

Halloween safe for sugar-crazed kids

By Joel Brown
Gazette Staff

Expect ghosts, goblins, and Teletubbies to show up on your doorstep tonight, as all signs are indicating that the trickin' and treatin' will continue this year, as scheduled, for London-area children.

Despite the urging of a few United States leaders to find alternatives to the Halloween tradition in light of ongoing global concerns about terrorism, many members of the London community expect this year's festivities to be like any other.

"I think those suggestions are way out there," said Frank Galazai, principal of London's Emily Carr Elementary School. "It's a little far-fetched to expect those kind of things to take place here in London."

Galazai said he is confident Emily Carr kids should be able to collect candy door-to-door without being overly concerned, considering the quiet middle-class neighbourhood that surrounds the school in the London's Whitehills neighbourhood.

"In terms of the global concerns, we haven't heard or planned to do anything differently," said principal Henry Mick of Wilfrid Jury Elementary School.

Early childhood educator Karen Tebbutt of the University Community Centre's Flexible Child Care said, while one parent has said their child will not be trick or treating tonight for unspecified reasons, no parents have mentioned any terrorism-related concerns.

"We normally go around our neighbourhood. We know the people and I have no concerns about sending the children out," she said.

According to Const. Ryan Holland of the London Police Force, the LPF has not changed their approach to Halloween or their advice for parents.

"We've just been encouraging parents and kids to use their common sense, the usual things we do," Holland said. "Make sure you go over treats before you eat them and don't consume homemade treats."

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