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Halloween Safety Tips

At Stikii, the safety of our customers and children alike is extremely important, which is why we chose to dedicate this blog to Halloween Safety Tips. Everyone knows that Halloween is meant to be a time for treats and spooky fun. No child should have to experience an actual “scary” Halloween in which they are found to be in danger or injured. Parents should ensure that all proper precautions are taken during this ghostly holiday in order to provide the child with a memorable and fun experience!

Parents can help keep children safe and prevent them from harm by following the following safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Safety Council and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Rules and Tips for Children:

  • Approach only well-lit houses and remain on the front porch. NEVER enter a house, especially without adult supervision.
  • Travel in small groups while accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • When using costume weapons, ensure that they are not dangerous. Swords and knifes should be flexible, not rigid or sharp. Toy guns should be colorful so that they are not presumed to be real, and if “loaded” should contain soft ammunition such as a Nerf ball or dart.
  • Use flashlights, stay on sidewalks, avoid crossing yards, cross streets at the corner, use crosswalks and do not cross between parked cars. Be sure the child understands the importance of “stop, look and listen”.
  • Allow children to carry a cellphone. Ensure that they are aware of how to reach parents as well as to call 911 in an emergency situation.
  • Pin a tag to the child’s costume that states their full name and phone number if the child is too young to remember them.
  • Do not allow children to eat the treats they collect until they have been inspected by an adult. Ensure that candy has not been tampered with, unwrapped or spoiled prior to eating. Local fire stations and police stations often offer free candy inspections during the Halloween holiday.
  • Consider using face paint instead of masks so as to not obstruct the child’s vision.
  • Avoid wearing long, baggy or loose costumes and oversized shoes to help prevent tripping.

                                              Tips for Parents and Adults:

  • Supervise trick-or-treating and other Halloween activities for children under the age of 12.
  • Establish a curfew for older children.
  • Be sure to leave the porch light on and clear the way for incoming trick-or-treaters.
  • Avoid handing out choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies or small toys as treats to young children.
  • Have the child eat dinner prior to trick-or-treating to help ensure that they do not over-indulge in candy after.
  • Ration treats.
  • Inspect all candy for safety.
  • Drive slowly, exit driveways and alleyways carefully.
  • Have children exit vehicles on the curb side rather than traffic side.
  • If putting on your own Haunted House production, be sure to only allow entrance to older children and to avoid using dangerous props.

                                                  Jack O’lantern Tips

  • Adult supervision at all times for children and teens.
  • Carve pumpkins on stable, flat surfaces with good lighting.
  • Have the child draw the face on the pumpkin with a permanent marker and let the parent/adult do the carving to avoid injury.
  • Place lighted pumpkins away from curtains and other flammable objects and do not leave lighted for an extended period of time
  • Paint pumpkins rather than carve them!
  • We suggest that rather than using tea candles, to use battery-operated candles that can be found in the Halloween section of local drug stores. 
  • Do not allow children to handle sharp objects and tools.
  • Keep very small children away from the carving, especially the pumpkin seeds which can be a choking hazard.

Although Halloween is a fun time of year for kids, it is no fun to get hurt, so take some time to make sure your kids have a safe, healthy, and fun Halloween.  For Halloween 2012, we suggest you invest in a pair of Stikii shoes for your child. They are extremely comfortable and will help to avoid painful blisters after many blocks of trick-or-treating. We also suggest purchasing various light-up Stik-em’s for the child to attach to their shoes prior to treat collecting.

 The lights on the Stik-em’s will keep the child visible and help to avoid injury by increasing the light near their feet. For more information on Stikii shoes and our fabulous Stik-em accessories, become a fan on Facebook, www.facebook.com/stikiishoes.  Have a happy and safe Halloween!

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Making History: Halloween

Halloween may go down in the books as one of your child’s favorite holidays of the year. Surveys show that children love the spooky holiday nearly as much as they love Christmas! At Stikii, what is important to children is important to us as well. Thus, we begin our Halloween Blog session. Over the next few weeks we will share with you some thoughts and information on this very special fall holiday.

Halloween is celebrated on the last day of October (October 31) and traditional activities include trick-or-treating, costume parties, ghost stories, haunted houses and carving jack-o-lanterns.  The holiday is celebrated in countries such as the US, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, Puerto Rico, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Though the United States is known for its Halloween celebrations, the holiday actually originates from the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain. This festival celebrates the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. On this day, the ancient pagans would take stock of supplies and prepare for the treacherous winter months. The Gaels also believed that on October 31st, the window between the worlds of the living and the dead would open and the deceased could come back to life and reap havoc on the locals by creating mass illness or damaging crops.

Samhain was considered to be a magical holiday on which strange and enchanting things would occur. It has been said that offerings of food and drink were left to aid unleashed spirits, or to ward them away. Others tell tales of the Celts dressing up in peculiar costumes and roaming the neighborhoods in order to scare the spirits away.  On this day many thought they could predict the future or even communicate with the dead, and often enough, unusual behavior was observed by a normally structured and quiet civilization.

Sacred bonfires were lit in the center of town in honor of the Pagan gods and the Celts would gather (some in costumer as well) to celebrate the harvest and discuss the upcoming months. Faeries (known to us as fairies) were believed to roam the land during Samhain, dressed as beggars asking for food door to door. Those that gave food to the faeries were rewarded, while those that did not were punished by the faeries. It is from this ritual that modern day “trick or treating” originated.

In the First century A.D., as Christianity spread across the globe, the Pagan festival (Christians did not like a festival with Pagan roots) was replaced with “All Saints Day” to honor dead church saints and martyrs. However, Samhain continued to be celebrated and eventually, All Saints day was moved to November 1, and was also known as All Hallows. Since Samhain remained on October 31st it became to be known as All Hallows Eve, and now, as Halloween.  November 2nd was designated as All Souls day to hour the dead who were not saints, but now the two are celebrated as one.

Over the next several centuries, superstitions about witches and black cats were added to the folklore and legends of Halloween. Cats were thought of as evil, especially black cats, and were killed by the thousands in Medieval times, possibly contributing to the Black Plague, due to the shortage of the rat’s natural enemy, the cat. During this time, the church created the belief that evil witches existed. Jack-o-lanterns can be traced back to early Pagan Celtic peoples who would hollow out turnips, gourds, or rutabagas to hold an ember from the sacred bonfire, so they could light their home fires from the sacred bonfire. We now carve faces and other shapes into pumpkins.

Halloween was not a popular observance in early United States history, as most of the early settlers were Protestant. At the time, Halloween was considered mostly a Catholic, Episcopalian, and Pagan holiday. Colonies such as Virginia and Maryland, observed some Halloween customs. The first common events included “play parties” where neighborhoods would gather together to celebrate the harvest, dance, sing, tell stories of the dead, tell fortunes, and have pageants for children in costume.

By the mid twentieth century, Halloween turned into a secular holiday, community centered with parties city-wide, parades, and great costumes. Halloween is mostly aimed to children, but young and old enjoy this holiday, with events and parties for both children and adults.

Some modern day Halloween traditions include:

  • Trick or Treat
  • Costumes
  • Bonfires
  • Bobbing for apples
  • Jack o’lanterns
  • Ghost stories
  • Haunted houses
  • Scary movies
  • Hay rides
  • Corn mazes

Stikii recognizes Halloween as a fun time for children to dress up and be carefree. The holiday is memorable and enjoyable, just like our shoes. In the future, Stikii may even release some Halloween themed Stik-ems that would be perfect on costumed feet!  Stik-em accessories would also make for a great alternative to Hallowwen candy. When trick or treaters come knocking on your door, hand them a Stik-em and we asure you that the costumed cuties will leave with a smile on their face! For more information on Stikii shoes and Stik-em accessories, become a fan on Facebook. Visit us at www.facebook.com/stikiishoes. Our products are set to release on December 1, 2011.

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My Stikiis, My Stik-em’s!

As we inch closer to the December 1, 2011 launch of Stikii shoes, it’s hard not to think about how much children are going to love them. The shoes are available in 8 different bright colors, in a shape that is one-of-a-kind! And did we mention that they are both affordable AND comfortable (two of the main shoe selection criterion)?!? But, possibly the most exciting feature of Stikii shoes are its interchangeable “Stik-em” accessories. 

Our “microfiber stik” material, created exclusively for the purpose of the footwear, allows children to continuously fashion their own unique shoe designs. The carefully formulated microfiber stik material with EVA OUTSOLE creates fun, comfortable and lightweight shoes perfect for any child. More importantly, however, the microfiber stik material holds Stik-em products firmly in place while still permitting children to easily remove the accessories to redesign their shoes at the blink of an eye! The fibers latch on to the back of the Stik-em’s in a sort of Velcro fashion that is both safe and fun!

We created Stik-em’s to complement the fun style and colors of our footwear. When released the shoes will be available in 8 different colors, which are as follows:

  1. Red
  2. Dark Pink
  3. Light Pink
  4. Medium Blue
  5. Dark Blue
  6. Brown
  7. Green
  8. Purple

Each color will have a fun name attached to it, such as “Razzle Red” or “Giddy Green”. This may be something we come to our fans for advice on. We intend to sell our shoes with accessories in an assortment of colors and sizes to provide consumers with an array of options including the following five categories:

  • Shiny Stik-em’s – Made of shiny PVC material, these accessories offer an eye-please contrast to the fabric on which they adhere.
  • Cloth Stik-em’s – These Stik-em’s resemble trendy, iron-on embroidered patches. Very reminiscent of Girl Scout and Boy Scout days.
  • 3D Stik-em’s – 3D movies and games are all the rage today, which is why we have created a 3D Stik-em category. These accessories are just like placing a soft a furry stuffed animal right onto the exterior of the shoe and the really POP out at you!
  • Rubber Stik-em’s – This highly durable material offers contrast and comes in various shapes and sizes. Think “rubber stamp”.
  • Light-up Stik-em’s – These clever ornaments light up with movement and last up to 20,000 hours. Kids will love playing outside in the evenings with these! It will make sneaking up on you tricky though!

Each category will offer a variety of shapes, characters, designs and more. Customer insight is always welcome. Our strategy remains to package the Stik-em accessories in identical pairs in order to entice children to trade the spare Stik-em with other Stikii wearers. Trading encourages trading and will assist in building the Stik-em collections. For centuries, children and adults alike have found pleasure in building and stocking collections, Next week’s blog plans to discuss the collection trend in more detail.

By combining Stik-em’s with the Stikii shoes, we hope to promote individuality and freedom of expression amongst youngsters.  Each day the child will have the opportunity to create a new shoe design, and thus, a new work of art. Color choice and Stik-em combinations will reflect the child’s tastes and mood each time they change it up. It encourages creativity in a fun way! Once the e-commerce website is up and running, consumers will have the option to “Build a Shoe” virtually. This feature allows the customer to first choose the color of the shoe, and then drag and attach multiple Stik-em’s to the shoe. When finished, just add the final to your shopping cart and check out! The shoes will then be delivered with the chosen Stik-ems!

Visit http://www.stikii.com for more details.

Stik-em’s will run at approximately $1.99 individually and $2.99 a pair. They will make great gifts and stocking stuffers when released this holiday season.

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