Tips for a Safe Treat-or-Trick Night

Halloween night is one of the most sought-after nights for children. There are many things to consider for getting everything under control, especially since children's safety is at play. Take a look at these important tips before you take your child out for the night.

Plan the route carefully - minimize the distance children have to travel by planning the best routes in advance. This way you eliminate both sore feet and frustration. Surroundings may look unfamiliar at night, presenting a risk to get lost.

Make sure the kids wear comfortable shoes - avoid high heels and double-tie the shoe laces. Tripping in the dark is not fun.

Use lots of light or reflective tape - many accidents happened because drivers could not see the children in time to avoid a disaster. Carry a flash light to light the path at all times.

Dress the children is costumes of appropriate length - it can be dangerous for children to drag their costumes on the ground at night, risking tripping. Bring the costume to an appropriate length after you purchase it so it does not touch the ground.

Pranks are not a good idea - especially on children. Scary costumes should get you far enough on Halloween, no need to add extra tension to the night. Children are much more sensitive than adults, and a bad joke might have a negative impact.

No masks if possible and avoid toxic make-up - it may be hard to breathe for a child with a mask on, not to mention, it reduces visibility, especially at night. Use only safe make-up so you don't trigger an allergic reaction or worse.

Use flexible props - rubber and plastic are much better choices for costume props. The child may like a sword or weapon, but the night is long, and the risk of injuring someone or tripping on a sharp stick should be avoided.

Check your child's candy - at the end of the night, go through the candy and remove anything that looks suspicious or it is not in its original wrapping. The child may fuss about reducing the "harvest," but safety is more important.

Welcome Back! All Roads Open and Lead to Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Myrtle Beach Area Welcomes Visitors With Open Roads, Sunshine

While national and regional media coverage regarding the recent storms and floods quickly created questions and concerns from visitors, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce immediately implemented a plan to address concerns and reassure travelers that the Myrtle Beach area businesses and its beaches are open for business. Utilizing the current fall campaign "60 More Days of Summer," the chamber has added messaging to the campaign advising visitors that the area is open for business, with all roads open and leading to the Myrtle Beach area. Visitors in over 70 key markets are receiving Myrtle Beach's updated advertising via digital, broadcast, website, social media and e-mail marketing channels.

The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce continues to refine its fall campaign with updated visitor travel information designed to minimize lodging cancellations by reassuring and welcoming travelers to come see Myrtle Beach this fall season - see sample video spot:

 “We couldn’t be happier to be welcoming visitors to the beautiful Myrtle Beach area during what we locals refer to as the best time of year to visit,” said Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. “We feel very fortunate to have experienced such a minor setback in our weather and to have had our roads open for travel so quickly, allowing our visitors ease and safety as they head to the beach. With all hotels and attractions open for business and beautiful weather in the forecast, we expect a typical, busy week ahead for visitors and businesses alike.”

Beach-goers will enjoy area attractions, live entertainment, great dining options, and accommodations alongside even more affordable rates with the Myrtle Beach area’s fall campaign “Relax and Unwind: 60 More Days of Summer.” Through October, a myriad of attractions and accommodations offer deals for travelers looking to get away this fall. For more information visit

Bubble, Bubble, Toil and SOCCER!

"You look funny," exclaimed my son when I finished crawling into the blue plastic bubble and managed to stand up. I may look that way I said to myself, but that's exactly why I am here: to have a fun game! I waved good-bye to my son turning the big bubble I was wrapped inside to its side and ran to intercept a soccer ball. Let the fun begin!

It all started on a sunny, yet chilly, mid-winter Saturday morning on a green field at the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex. It was Jan.10, the free Bubble Soccer Introductory Play Day on the McLeod Seacoast Meadow. A dozen red and blue plastic shiny bubbles were neatly aligned on the side of the field, next to a tent hosting the referees and the sign-up and liability waiver sheet table.

A few youngsters were already wrapped up inside the bubbles, chasing a soccer ball, having fun rolling over and bumping into each other. I looked at my wife and my son and they both smiled at me, nodding their heads: Go ahead, try it. I signed the waiver, listened to a few tips on how to hold the bubble as a backpack and off I went to join my team.

The new game: Bubble Soccer
The new game: Bubble Soccer

Two young entrepreneurs, Henry and Jessica Mora, husband and wife, founded Myrtle Beach Bubble Soccer after watching a video on YouTube. They saw how the popular British game, which involves participants playing soccer while wrapped in a huge bubble, has been rapidly growing in popularity in the United States. They quickly decided it was the opportunity for a great business: more fun than soccer, safer than football, cheaper than hockey, and bouncier than basketball.

Henry and Jessica Mora
North Myrtle Beach is the first to offer a Bubble Soccer league in South Carolina. I had a chance to talk to Henry and Jessica Mora before the kick-off of the event. Their enthusiasm and excitement is truly contagious. With a huge smile on their faces, they shared that bubble soccer is one of the most action-packed, entertaining, delightful sports to watch, and a safer version of soccer. Take one-part soccer, one-part pillow fight, one-part Vaudeville slapstick comedy, mix well, and what you get looks a little bit like this:

Henry and Jessica take reservations for birthdays, fundraisers, church/corporate events, and even just friendly backyard games. You can contact them on their website: or on Facebook at  For a list of active bubble soccer leagues throughout the nation, check out