tired of the onslaught of negative images that inundate us
around this time?
Why not make it a fright-free Hallowe'en this year????
ORGANIZE YOUR OWN FRIGHT-FREE HALLOWE'EN
in your neighbourhood /school
For the last 2 years on a residential
street in mid-town Toronto we organized a
Fright-Free Hallowe'en event called
If any of the following information (
and your artwork....) is helpful you can download it and tailor
it for your own events. We only ask that you consider making
a small donation towards the work we're doing to decrease the
level of violence via violent images. Thank You!
Plan of Action:
||Starting late spring approach your local Community Association or Business Association
to propose the idea of a child-friendly Hallowe'en
(John do we have the letter I presented to the Community......)
Have all your reasons prepared. Ask for financial support
Draw up and present a proposed budget for flyers and advertising in the local
papers, musicians and games, possibly refreshments.
||Drum up support from your local schools, trustees, city councillors, Members
of Parliament.and local police division. Ask for their
moral support. Those who agree get their name added
to the back of the flyer, under “supported by...”
||Street closure might be considered. Apply through city hall for a permit and
expect long time-lines to follow – possibly 2 months
before the event. If your local city councillor is
on board, they could expedite some of that for you
or point you in the right direction.
||Approach your local schools and universities for help. The Engineering department
at Univ. of Toronto actually was soliciting projects
for their students to work on and they were most helpful
in and out of the programme. They even helped us raise
funds for the event by selling ads for our flyer.
||Raising money. Walk around your local area with your proposed flyer and tell
them how many flyers you're going to hand out and that
you only have 10 spots on the back- would they like
to buy one ($75. for larger, $50 for smaller versions).
Store owners are often anxious to support local initiatives
and help your cause.
||Get your neighbours involved – get their opinions on whether you should close
the street, and ask for their help physically on the
evening of as well as financially. Many hands make
light work. Get teens to volunteer to run games for
you, ask budding local musicians to donate some time.
||Contact us to make presentation to your local school or parents-teacher association.
here for the Fright Free Brochure from 2012
WHAT CAN I DO?
As a parent or caregiver: suggest
non-violent costumes for your kids
the cheap thrills of the store-bought costumes with goulish
for good role models to copy for costume ideas.
about being a vegetable?
out those stored away old fashioned clothes.
Army stores can be a great source of inspiration (no
As a consumer: when you see exaggerated
gory store displays, go to store management and tell them it's offensive,
taste and that it scares kids.
As a teacher: talk to your children about
Hallowe'en, discuss going non-violent, how scary is not
funny, it's just violent – it
shakes up your whole nervous system and you don't sleep too
As a community member: talk it up
with others in your community – your
church, your shul, your mosque, your community centre. If
your group is already fright- free discuss how you might
on. Some neighbourhoods have “scariest lawn” competitions.
Start discussing what message this gives to kids.
book on this exciting topic coming out
in July '2014....
effects of low level violence
Coming out in july, 2015 - $25.
Pre-order $15. till
March. 1, 2016.
us your stories on “why we need a fright-free
Hallowe'en” - we'll post a selection of your stories
in our new issue next month.
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FRIGHT-FREE™ PLAQUES for your group or school (criterion to be decided by your group) -
suggestions might included: a fright free Hallowe'en, avoiding violent video
horror movies and avoid deliberately frightening children.
buttons/ pins ( i.e. Affirming I don't play violent video games, don't read
Goosebumps or horror stories, and I don't deliberately frighten
Contact us if you'd like us to send a speaker to your group. Rates are negotiable.