Fall Focus: A Special Advertising Section

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Explore the services of these Central Ohio businesses:

Stop by deMonye's Greenhouse

Visit deMonye's this October and enjoy fall family fun like you've never seen before. Your little ghosts and goblins can tour the child-friendly decorated Haunted Halloween Greenhouse. They can also pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, make a popcorn witch's hand, enjoy Halloween games and take home delicious treats in their goodie bags.

Take an opportunity to shop deMonye's large variety of fall decorating plants and vegetables. Choose from our large selection of pumpkins, corn shocks, bales of straw, gourds, extra-large mums, potted decorative cabbage and kale, along with dozens of other items. Take advantage of special pricing on the beautiful mums, kale and cabbage. Buy three get one FREE from now until Oct. 30.

Need an idea for Halloween fun that will involve the whole family? Make a scarecrow. Everyone can make one—mom, dad, kids and grandparents! This activity starts Oct. 1 and runs through Oct. 30. The cost is only $19.98 each, and will give your Halloween decorating a genuine personal touch.

We also have a Fall Decoration Package for your home that includes 1 bale of straw, 1 bundle of cornstalks, 1 mum or cabbage, 1 pumpkin, 1 Indian corn, 1 large fall bow and 3 gourds for only $34.98 from now through Oct. 30.

Don't miss out! Enjoy all the fall family fun happening at deMonye's Greenhouse.

Help for Dyslexia

Is your child or student struggling in school? Do they know how to advocate for themselves? The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Central Ohio is here to help you. The purpose of IDA Central Ohio is to pursue and provide the most comprehensive range of information and services that address dyslexia and related difficulties in learning to read and write—all in a way that creates hope, possibility and partnership.

“RU One in Five?” is an upcoming workshop that will focus on advocating through empowerment with the help of the organization Eye To Eye. At this special event, IDA Central Ohio and an Eye To Eye diplomat will show how to make your own advocacy plan that you or your student can share at school. Eye To Eye is the only organization run by and for the 1-in-5 people with learning disabilities such as dyslexia and ADHD.

An advocacy plan is a powerful document that can inspire confidence and cooperation among those involved in the process of learning and teaching differently. Brooke, a high school student who has dyslexia/ADHD, presented her first Eye To Eye advocacy plan in seventh grade during her Individual Education Plan meeting. Brooke left the meeting with a sense of pride in herself and support from her education team. She continues to update and present her advocacy plan yearly.

Attend “RU One in Five?” Oct. 26 at the Columbus Metropolitan Library's Main Library branch. For more information about this event, dyslexia or membership in IDA Central Ohio, go to coh.dyslexiaida.org.

Halloween safety tips from Oakland Nursery

Trick-or-treating should be one of the great adventures of Halloween for kids! They can get dressed in scary costumes and go door to door, begging “Tricks or Treats!” from neighbors or at the local mall.

Lots of towns have a harvest festival so kids can trick or treat safely. But going door to door is the stuff of childhood memories! It should be a fun time, without trouble and pain, so following some easy tips can keep your child safe every Halloween.

  • Children should go out during daylight hours only, unless accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • Plan a safe route so parents know where older kids will be at all times. Set a time for their return home.
  • Let your children know not to cut through back alleys and fields. Make sure they know to stay in populated places and don't go off the beaten track. Stay in well-lit areas.
  • Stop only at familiar houses in your neighborhood unless accompanied by an adult.
  • Small children should never be allowed to go out alone on Halloween. Make sure an older sibling or adult is with them.
  • Instruct your children not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by you.
  • Make sure your children carry a flashlight, glow stick or have reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars.
  • Let them know that they should stay together as a group if going out to trick or treat without an adult.