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Whip up costumes quickly, inexpensively

I have a sister who plans for months for Halloween. She’s an excellent seamstress who sews costumes for her friends, me and best of all, her beagle, Angus.

One year he was a cat. Another year he was Kermit the Frog. Last year he was Donkey from Shrek.

But let’s face it, many parents don’t have time to sit down, months in advance, and sew Halloween costumes for their kids. It’s for those parents that October’s issue of Parents Magazine has some tricks that will be a treat for kids on the big night.

One costume idea calls for such items as an empty plastic gallon milk or water jug, two empty tissue boxes, craft paper and felt. Put them together with some black sweatpants and sneakers and you have a fabulous Frankenstein costume.

Another costume idea uses organza ribbons and plastic toy jewels to make a princess costume. For all the future Kings out there, the magazine has ideas for an Elvis costume that includes a guitar made out of an empty tissue box and a paper towel roll. The directions for these costumes can be found in the magazine, but they are also available online at www.parents.com/October.

Walking to school

The week of Oct. 3-7 is Walk Your Child to School Week.

Many parents drive their kids to school, even when they don’t live very far away. It’s easier to haul the backpacks and lunches. It’s also good to know they made it there safely.

But there are many benefits to walking, too. Physical exercise is one, reducing air pollution is another, and during the walks, parents may find new ways to talk to their kids about what’s going on in the neighborhood or in their lives.

Another benefit is talking to your kids about road safety, such as looking both ways and only crossing streets at marked crosswalks.

For information about Walk Your Child to School Week, visit www.walktoschool.org, or call the Spokane Regional Health District’s Injury Prevention Program at 324-3613 and ask for Safe Kids Spokane.

Some local elementary schools are also participating in this program, so ask your teacher or in the school office for information.

Art classes

The fall quarter at the Corbin Art Center, 507 W. Seventh Ave., begins Oct. 3.

Classes and workshops are available for kids and adults in everything from watercolors, to gardening.

The cost of each class varies, so call 625-6677, or send an e-mail to lmandyke@spokanecity.org to get information and sign up.

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