Monthly Archives: October 2021

Trunk-or-treat events happening around Rochester

By: Miranda Johnson KTTC News

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — A list has been gathered of trunk-or-treat events that are happening this year in Rochester and the surrounding area.

Trunk-or-treat is a way for kids to enjoy the spooky holiday, while also being safe.

This Halloween activity, usually held at a community place, allows people to decorate and open the trunks of their vehicles and hand out candy to trunk-or-treaters.

Trunk-or-treat event list:

Other trunk-or-treat events that are happening and are not listed above, can be sent to [email protected], and will be added to the list.

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‘Creepy Doll Contest’ returns in Olmsted County

As Halloween approaches, an annual contest is back in southern Minnesota.

Olmsted County launched its “Creep Doll Contest” in 2019.

This year, there are nine doll contestants, including several dolls from the 1800s.

The winner will be crowned at a “Creepy Doll Cocktail Party,” happening Oct. 23 in Rochester. There will be live music and experts will be there to answer questions about the dolls.

Voting takes place on Facebook and Instagram all month.

Find information about getting tickets to the cocktail party and the dolls here.

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Seven Ways to Be Safe and Healthy This Halloween

Don’t let your health get tricked this Halloween! Here are a few ways to stay safe and healthy.

1. Get Moving

Carve out time to be active this Halloween – between get-togethers and trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. Take a walk and do some weight training to help you feel good!

Regular physical activity can help control your weight, reduce your risk of heart disease and some cancers, improve mental health and mood, and increase your chance of living longer.

2. Eat Well

Don’t spend this Halloween filling up on junk food and sweets. Give yourself and your guests healthier choices and nutritious treats.

Fruits and vegetables are part of a well-balanced and healthy eating plan. Fruits and vegetables also provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health.

3. Keep Your Bite Healthy

Keep Halloween candy at bay. Care for teeth the right way – brush with a fluoride toothpaste each and every day.

Tooth decay (cavities) is one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood in the United States. Untreated tooth decay can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning.

4. Play it Safe

Take precautions to stay safe while trick-or-treating on Halloween night. Watch out for cars, use reflective gear, walk with a group, and carry a flash light.

Check out CDC’s Injury Center for tips to stay safe at home, on the road, and at play.

5. Scare Away the Flu and Colds

Don’t get spooked by the flu. Wash your hands frequently and get a flu vaccine, too!

Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. Get vaccinated to protect yourself and your loved ones and learn about good health habits that can help stop germs.

6. Don’t Be a Zombie

Sleep is important– even on Halloween! Adults need 7-8 hours each night. It’s best for staying healthy and helping the disease fight!

Insufficient sleep is linked to an increased risk for the development of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

7. Be Afraid of Smoking

Keep your Halloween activities smoke and tobacco free. Being smoke free is the way to be!

Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases. Get help to quit smoking.

Seven Ways to Be Safe and Healthy This Halloween | Health Equity Features | CDC