Halloween is full of scary things and they aren’t all in costume

The children are all dressed up in their favorite Halloween costumes. You’ll have cartoon characters, witches, princesses, vampires, and zombies. Some of them are scary but that’s the idea behind Halloween, right? Halloween is a time when people love to be scared. But the ghouls and goblins aren’t the only scary thing out there. Drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, vaping…the list goes on. Protect your children this Halloween with the tools they need to just say no.

Sources of Strength is a best practice youth suicide prevention project designed to harness the power of peer social networks to change unhealthy norms and culture, ultimately preventing suicide, bullying, and substance abuse. It strengthens multiple sources of support (protective factors) around young individuals so that when times get hard they have strengths to rely on.

Taking a look at the spokes of the wheel, we can see that many of these supports can be positively put in motion this Halloween. Make sure your children are surrounded by positive friends and family.

Take advantage of some great Halloween activities that you can enjoy as a family.

  • Oct. 30 at 9 pm – Halloween Costume Contest & Party at the Wind River Hotel & Casino
  • Oct. 31, 3-6 pm – 1st Annual Chamber Halloween Spook-Tacular at the Fremont County Fairgrounds. There will be a Trunk-or-Treat, carnival booths, Hay Rides ($5/family or a non-perishable food item/person), and food trucks.
  • Oct. 31, 5-11 pm – English Muffin Bakery & Espresso, LLC in Hudson will be having a FREE Haunted House for Trick or Treating this year.
  • Oct. 31, 6-11 pm – South Pass Outpost #1867’s 5th Annual Haunted House & Food Drive at Lander Valley Auto Parts. Admission into these haunted halls will cost a non-perishable food item(s) or small cash donation. All food will be donated to the Lander Care & Share Food Bank while all monetary donations this year will go to benefit South Pass City.

There’s also good old fashioned Trick or Treating. This can be a great time to walk and talk with your kids. For some helpful tips on talking to your children about drugs, alcohol, smoking & vaping, click here.

Have fun, stay safe, and enjoy the extra time with family and friends!

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