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As Halloween approaches, here are basic precautions for pet owners to keep furry friends safe

Halloween is almost here, and to prevent this holiday from becoming a scary one for you and your pets, it’s important to consider common items and activities that can be dangerous to your furry friends. The holiday will undoubtedly look different this year due to COVID-19, and Halloween activities will vary vastly between communities. Whatever Halloween ends up looking like this year, candy and...

To celebrate or not to celebrate Halloween this year, that is the question; there’s no easy answer

As Halloween 2020 approaches, many families want to know if it’s safe to let their children go trick-or-treating in the middle of a pandemic. There is no easy answer to this question, but here is some expert advice on how to make the experience as safe as possible. Step 1: Figure out how much health risk your household is comfortable assuming. Do you live or regularly interact with people who...

Families, alumni and PumpkinMania to arrive at Transylvania campus on final weekend of October

The last weekend in October will be a busy one on campus at Transylvania University as the school hosts Family Weekend, the Alumni Fall Festival, and kicks off PumpkinMania. Family members of current students are invited to campus for Family Weekend Oct. 24-27. The university is hosting a wide range of activities, including classroom visits, a concert and sporting events, such as soccer and field hockey...

Keven Moore: Halloween treats are sweet, but beware of tricky safety hazards for pedestrians and homes

Halloween is a fun, spooky time of the year for kids, and many homeowners are willing to pay good money to decorate their homes to add a little extra fright into the night. According to the Halloween Industry Association in 2017, more than 179 million Americans participated in Halloween festivities, up from 171 million the year before. They spent an estimated $9.1 billion on candy, decorations and...

Hundreds of jack-o’-lanterns to light up Transylvania during eighth annual PumpkinMania on Oct. 30

Transylvania University invites the community to campus for the eighth annual PumpkinMania on Oct. 30. Hundreds of jack-o’-lanterns will light up the Old Morrison steps and student groups and campus organizations will host trick-or-treating the night before Halloween. “Last year, we had more than 5,000 people participate in PumpkinMania,” said Hannah Piechowski, director of student transitions...