Catching up with Kristi

Kristi Pankratz

Krisit Pankratz

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Anybody ever try to dress their pet up for Halloween? Years ago, I found the cutest Tigger costume. At the time, there really weren’t a lot of costumes that came in the XL variety. And, probably for good reason. Have you ever tried to wrestle a 100-pound dog into a Winnie-the-Pooh costume? Don’t recommend it. But, on the plus side, doesn’t she look adorable? And so happy?

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I’m really not sure what became of that Tigger costume. I have a feeling it was probably gutted like the stuffed animal carcasses currently in my living room. But, for that half hour, she was absolutely adorable.

Good times. Good times.

Halloween can bring out the kid in all of us, right? Anybody else buy candy for trick-or-treaters and then not turn your light on so you have to eat the candy yourself? Oh, um….was that not just in my head? I would never do that. J And, “The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.” Halloween would not be complete without it.

Whether you’ve got little ones who will be trick-or-treating, or whether you’ll will be celebrating with friends or staying at home, I encourage you to take a few extra steps for safety this season. With more people out and about, there is more opportunities for crime to occur.

The first and main thing is that if something seems wrong, trust your instincts and report it to the appropriate authorities. The phrase we hear a lot of right now is “If you see something, say something.” And encourage you to follow that.



Here are a few other tips for you this Halloween season:


  • For younger children, make sure an adult accompanies them. For older children, set a route they are to take and a time they are to be home.
  • Don’t cut through back alleys and fields and stay in well-lit areas.
  • Stop only at familiar houses in your own neighborhood.
  • Don’t eat any treats until adults examine them.
  • Never go into the home of a stranger or get into their car.
  • Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to
    make them more visible to cars.
  • Explain to children the difference between tricks and vandalism.
  • Be careful when crossing streets and walk on sidewalks, not in the street.
  • Walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic if there are no sidewalks.
  • Walk, do not run, from house to house.



  • If you set jack-o-lanterns on your porch with candles in them, make sure that they are far enough out of the way so that kids’ costumes won't accidentally be set on fire.
  • Kids always want to help with the pumpkin carving. Small children shouldn't be allowed to use a sharp knife to cut the top or the face.
  • Remove items from the porch and front yard that children could trip over, such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.
  • Sweep wet leaves from sidewalks and steps.
  • Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite trick-or-treaters.



  • Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
  • Watch for children in dark clothing.

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Have a great holiday!




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