Monthly Archive:: October 2008

Halloween treats and a little something extra too


Halloween is a great holiday for kids and I know many adults who still enjoy it as much as the kids do.  But Halloween is also to great opportunity to reach the children and their parents in your neighborhood.  Along with that treat, consider  handing out a little something extra too.  There is a lot of emphasis on “Halloween Safety” so put a little CPS spin on it!  Here are a few ideas for possible handouts:

SafeGuard Go Review: Hybrid Booster (Mark II)


This is a small update to my review of the original SafeGuard Go Anywhere Portable Child Restraint, now called the Safety 1st Hybrid Booster (the Safety 1st version has a few minor changes from the version in this review).  Since that review, IMMI/SafeGuard has made some improvements.  These include expanded weight ranges, improvements to the headrest pillow and a modified buckle system.  There is also some additional guidance on installing the Go in a captain’s chair or other vehicle seat with a recline feature.

Review Introduction

The SafeGuard Go Hybrid Booster is a portable child restraint system.  It combines the advantages of a 5-point harness with the portability of a booster. In some sense, it really is more similar to a travel harness system that converts into a backless booster. Using the harness front-facing, it is for children over 1 year, weight from 22 to 60 pounds and 31 to 52 inches tall. As a booster, it is rated for children over 3 years old, 40 to 100 pounds and 43 to 57 inches tall. To make it portable and light, the “Go” has no hard seatback shell. For that reason, the vehicle seat back or headrests must provide adequate head restraint for the child.  More information can be found at the SafeGuard website.

You’ve Been Boo’d


This has become a Halloween tradition in my neighborhood and the kids have so much fun with it each year! My oldest has been Boo’ing his friends for about 5 years but this was the first year that my youngest, who’s 4 now, was able to join in the Boo’ing festivities. He had a blast but his giggling almost got us busted last night.

If you’re not already familiar with the game, let me explain how it works and what you need to get started.

What is Boo’ing? It’s a Halloween game where kids secretly leave treats on the doorsteps of their friends and neighbors. It’s up to the recipients to keep it going until Halloween.

How do you “Boo” someone? You need a bag of treats – preferably in a clear cellophane bag or wrapped in clear plastic Saran wrap so it’s obvious that it’s a treat and not something malicious or dangerous. You also need a “Boo” sheet with a picture of a ghost or something halloweenish explaining the rules of the game. The sheet can be double sided with the “We’ve Been Boo’d” sign on one side and the “You’ve Been Boo’d” instructions on the other side. Or, you can use 2 separate sheets of paper. You can even draw a picture and handwrite the instructions:

1.  Enjoy your Treat!

2.  Place the “We’ve Been Boo’d” sign on your front door.

3.  Within 24 hours – make 2 copies of this note, the “We’ve Been Boo’d” sign and 2 treat bags.

4.  Secretly deliver to 2 neighbors/friends without a Boo sign on their door. Don’t get caught!

5.  Keep an eye on nearby front doors to see how far and fast it spreads by Halloween!

Last night we dressed in black hoodies, waited until dark and then the kids and I snuck around to some neighborhood homes and Boo’d some friends. The kids like to hide and watch instead of running away so we pick a hiding location first, then we set down the treat bag on top of the paper, ring the doorbell and RUN! Our first mission went well. The intended recipient came to the door, looked around bewildered, then spotted the loot. Success!

The second house was more complicated. They had a lot of stairs leading up to the front door so we knew that we had to get down them quickly (and safely) to get to our hiding spot on the side of the house. Our first attempt was a bust because either the door bell didn’t ring or they didn’t hear it. We tried again. This time we knocked loudly and ran. The mom came to the door, saw no one and went back inside without seeing the loot on the doorstep! So my oldest went back to knock again while the little guy and I waited by the side of the house. Third time was the charm! She came to the door again and this time she saw the loot bag and the note. The little one was giggling so hard that I thought we were going to get caught! Actually, we did get busted – by the dog! LOL! When she opened the door the second time, their toy poodle bolted outside and immediately saw our shadows lurking by the side of the house. At first I was a little nervous since I didn’t know how the dog would react to us. But it just came over to jump on us in a friendly way before it ran back inside. Someday I have to tell her what a lousy guard dog she has!

Happy Boo’ing!

You've Been Boo'd instructions We've Been Boo'd

Ask Marvin: Number Nine


Today, Marvin answers another genuine email he received from a real live emailer!

“Heya Marv, how’s it goin’? As a concerned Father, I want to make sure that my child is safe, so I was surprised when this nosey lady in the car seat aisle told me that I can’t use both LATCH and a seatbelt the same time to secure my DS’s car seat. I mean, two are always better than one right? What if the seatbelt were to fail? I saw that sad Kyle Miller video. If the seatbelt were to fail, I’d have the LATCH to back it up, and vice versa. Redundancy and having a back up plan has always been the best way to go. Right? So what’s the big deal? Why can’t I use both LATCH and a seatbelt at the same time to install my DS’s seat?