Halloween Symbols and Superstitions

Halloween is finally here. Tomorrow is the day. Goblins, ghouls. Superheroes, villains. Princes, princesses. All will be out and about looking for tricks or treats. Our last couple of posts were dedicated to Halloween safety. We hope you enjoyed them and maybe even learned a thing or two. At OSHATOES® safety is our top priority. We also love digging into fun holiday facts.

Halloween isn’t just about costumes, parties, candy and running door-to-door. Why carve pumpkins? Who’s afraid of a black cat? Why wear costumes? Let’s dig deeper!

  • Jack-O’-Lanterns – There are a few different tales on their origins. 17th century Britain believed the literal meaning of jack-o’-lantern to be man with a lantern, a night watchman so to speak. Celtic folklore holds that a farmer named Jack tricked the devil and, at his death, was denied entry into both Heaven and Hell and left to wander in purgatory. Jack made a lantern out of a burning lump of coal and a turnip. (Yes, a turnip, not a pumpkin) People began placing jack-o’-lanterns around their homes to keep Jack away. In the 1800′s, children carried jack-o’-lanterns or turnip lanterns door-to-door on All Saints Day or All Souls Day.
  • Black cats – They’re associated with Halloween and bad luck but why? One reason dates back to the Middle Ages when it was believed witches turned into cats at night. Perhaps it was due to the nocturnal nature of kitties. Some lore associates cats with witches because their eyes appear to glow in the dark. Whatever the reason, that myth is dying out and in some countries it is considered good luck to have a black cat cross your path!
  • Witches – With the exception of Glinda the Good Witch (The Wizard of OZ), when you think of witches, you think of Halloween. For many children, a witches costume was/is a must have at Halloween and come on, even the ugly costumes still look adorable on our precious little ones. Yet witches remain a symbol of Halloween primarily because of their supposed dark powers. Their ability to cast spells, fly on brooms, or whip up a brew in their cauldron.
  • Costumes – Celtic myths and traditions held that the Samhain (the veil that separates our world from the spirit world) is thinnest on Halloween allowing the spirits to roam our world. Believers would dress up in costumes to trick the spirits. In the 1950′s the tradition of wearing costumes resurfaced in the U.S. and has remained strong ever since.

For some, Halloween is a fun-filled night to dress up  and trick-or-treat. For others, it is just another night. Either way, OSHATOES® reminds you to put Safety First. Make sure your kids look both ways before crossing the street. Carry a flashlight. If you don’t want trick-or-treaters keep your porch light off. Drive slowly through neighborhoods and be on the lookout for trick-or-treaters!

Halloween Safety Tips can be found at http://blog.oshatoes.com/index.php/2014/10/halloween-safety-tips/ .

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Face Paint Safety

Halloween is on the way and you may be feeling the costume time crunch. OSHATOES® cares about safety in every form and if you’re celebrating Halloween, we want you to be as safe as possible. Last week we offered up several important Halloween Safety Tips so you know about costume masks. Many of them are very cool but if you choose to wear one, be sure it is well fitted. Masks that cover the face could obstruct vision, make it difficult to comfortably breathe and become a distraction to the wearer. Face paint is a great option for many people but let’s be safe about it.

Today we’ll look at Face Paint. When painting the face it is important to know that just any old paint won’t do. You need to take precautions.

  1. Choose Wisely – Safe for Skin and non-toxic are not the same. Many people incorrectly assume that non-toxic means it is safe for use on skin. Stay away from acrylic craft paints. Likewise never use watercolors, washable markers or pencils on the skin. Look for, and only use,  paints specifically labeled Safe for Skin!
  2. Keep it Clean – Wash and dry hands completely before application. Only use sponges and brushes that have been thoroughly cleaned as well. Note : alcohol is not a good alternative for cleaning face painting utensils as it may not prevent bacterial growth.
  3. Glitter is a No No – Metallic glitter is eye-catching and looks appealing when applied to crafts. It should never be used on the skin, especially the face! The only glitters that should be used on skin need to be made of polyester and less than .008 microns in size.
  4. Healthy and Happy – Before applying face paint be sure skin is healthy. Do not use face paint if sores, cuts, wounds or acne are present. Paint application and removal may cause irritation or damage to injured or sensitive skin.
  5. Powder Perfection – Once you have completed your facial masterpiece, set the look with powder. Never use powder before application. Lightly powdering the paint helps set it, keeps it from running and prevents cracking as the evening progresses.

Face painting can be a creative, fun and inexpensive way to flaunt your costume. Be sure to take your time both with the application and removal of face paint.

Enjoy. Have Fun.

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Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is but a week away, are you ready? If you’re a procrastinator, you may be headed out this weekend to find the perfect costume. But what are you looking for? Is it trendy, retro, superhero, political, scary? How about the biggest question of all…

Is it safe?

You may look at many costumes trying to find “the one”. Make sure safety is a consideration as well.

Halloween can be great fun for kids and adults alike. Whether you’re trick-or-treating or headed to a party, picking the right costume and practicing safety are crucial to a successful evening!

Halloween Safety Tips

  • Look for flame-retardant costumes and accessories. This may come in handy when coming into contact with Jack-o-lanterns. Candles = Flame.
  • On that note, homemade costumes should be made of flame-retardant materials as well.
  • Choose a well-fitted costume. Too tight and it’s a distraction. Too loose and you may trip.
  • Pick the right shoes. Oversize shoes may look cute with your outfit but could make porch steps tricky. Likewise, high heels should be avoided.
  • Reflective tape and/or bright colors are good choices for Halloween.
  • Opt for face paint instead of masks that may obscure vision.
  • When wearing wigs or facial hair (beards, mustaches), choose ones that stay clear of eyes, ears, nose and mouth.
  • Keep props soft and flexible.
  • In the event you get separated it is a great idea to attach a label with your phone number to your child’s costume. Place in a less visible area and show your child where it can be found.
  • Children should never trick-or-treat alone. Under 12yrs of age should be accompanied by an adult. Children over the age of 12 may prefer to go in a group but you should still have a trusted adult overseeing their night. All parties should know emergency contact numbers. Use cell phones to check in with one another. Older kids need to have a curfew.
  • Only trick-or-treat in familiar neighborhoods.
  • Do not approach houses without a porch light on.
  • Carry a flashlight.
  • Don’t cut between houses or run across lawns.
  • Watch for vehicles! Stay on sidewalks and out of the road when possible.
  • Be RESPECTFUL!!!!  Thank You is not overrated.


Halloween can be great fun for everyone. Please practice safety as you’re out and about.

OSHATOES® wishes you a safe and Happy Halloween!

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Fall Home Safety Assessment


Our last post dealt with Autumn leaves, hazards and cleanup. Today we’ll look at Fall Home Safety Assessments. Autumn is the perfect time to ready your home for the upcoming winter. The milder temps and calm weather provides a great opportunity for you to do a home safety assessment.

  1. Look at your house from the road if possible. Make sure your entry door is well lit and not obscured by shrubs or debris. Clean the porch light and replace floodlights as needed. Clear the porch and walkway of anything that a burglar could use to hide behind. While spring is the optimal time for this go ahead and clear, cut or remove any overgrown shrubbery. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Don’t let a criminal use your property against you! 
  2. Look up. Take note of any dead or rotting trees and limbs on your property. Cut down limbs and/or have trees removed. Winter often brings frigid temps, winds, ice and snow, making a sick or dead tree potentially dangerous. Taking proper care of them now may save you a serious headache later. Be sure to look at all trees on your property and assess if any are a concern for your neighbors. Deal with those trees immediately.
  3. Don’t leave the leaves! While very beautiful, once they fall they may quickly become hazardous. Fallen leaves retain moisture and are very slick. Get them cleaned up before the first trick-or-treater arrives and keep up the maintenance.
  4. Don’t forget driveways, walkways and sidewalks. Are they level? Any buckling or cracks? Holes? If so, take care of them as soon as possible. A cracked driveway in summer may lead to one that is buckling and crumbling in winter.
  5. Walk your entire property. Check woodpiles as they attract insects, snakes and mice. Make sure wood if stored away from the home. Clean your trash cans and outdoor garbage area. Washing the cans as well as the surrounding area helps eliminate odors making them less inviting for critters and bugs during the colder months.
  6. Yellow jackets love this time of year so be on the lookout for nests that are in need of disposal. Also treat ant beds at this time. Don’t forget to look for poison ivy and poison oak that should be removed.
  7. Don’t forget the chimney and gutters. Make sure they’re both clear of debris. Clear the chimney, checking for soot buildup as well as any holes or areas that may allow animals to enter.

Autumn is an awesome time to get outside and ready your home for the changing seasons! OSHATOES® carries an entire inventory designed with your safety and comfort in mind. Any time you’re working outdoors, think OSHATOES®. We have work gloves, safety goggles, hearing protection, steel toe alternative overshoes and more!

Be Smart. Be Safe. Think OSHATOES®.


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Autumn Leaves

It is in the air. The smell of Fall. One of the best seasons in our opinion. Not too hot, not too cold, but in the immortal words of Goldilocks, “just right”. The days seem shorter, the wind sharper, and you can almost see the holidays on the horizon.


Autumn leaves are full of beauty. In fact there is an entire vacation industry geared toward their changing colors. You may even enjoy autumnal foliage in your very own yard. If so, remember this…

it isn’t called Fall for nothing!

Those leaves will soon do just that and your yard will be filled with dead, decaying leaves that can be hazardous. Wet leaves can quickly become slick and may cause injuries. Wet leaves are much heavier than dry ones, so stop waiting. Grab that rake and get busy! When raking bend at the knees, not the back. And always wear safety gloves to prevent blisters and give a better grip. Remember to clean gutters and downspouts of leaves and other debris. OSHATOES® is proud to offer quality work gloves that are durable, breathable and designed with your comfort and safety in mind.


Mechanix® FastFit Mens Work Gloves have an all-purpose design and exceptional features built into the durable FastFit Glove making them the perfect combination of quality and value. Ideal for a wide range of jobs, the Lycra panels between the fingers offer comfort and mobility while a Clarino MWX-2 synthetic leather palm provides protection and grip. An angled elastic cuff allows easy entry and is padded for additional comfort. Durable, economical and versatile.

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Mechanix® Original Grip Mens Work Gloves are all about the grip! The specially developed, dual-layered PVC coated palm uses a dimpled pattern, supplying a super vice-like hold. Add to that the comfort and protection of our Original Glove and you know you’re getting a glove designed for results.

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Mechanix® Original Mens Work Gloves are manufactured to handle the toughest work you can throw at it, the Mechanix Original Glove continues to stand the test of time. With improved Clarino OW-927 synthetic leather palm, index, middle and ring fingertips, it repels 25% more water and oil preserving the life of the glove. The low-profile TPR (Thermal Plastic Rubber) hook and loop cuff closure, along with the two-way stretch Spandex top, provides you with a better fit. And it’s hidden interior seam stitching and Lycra inset panels ensures optimum comfort and freedom of mobility.


Next week we’ll take a look Fall Home Safety Assessments. In the meantime, enjoy this beautiful weather and get ready for those leaves to fall!

Be Smart. Be Safe. Think OSHATOES®.


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Columbus Day

Italian-born explorer Christopher Columbus landed in America on October 12, 1492. His explorations were backed by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain. Columbus set sail with the original goal of charting a western sea route to China, India and the Spice Islands of Asia. He ended up landing in the Bahamas and became the first European to explore the Americas since the 10th century Vikings. (He also caught sight of Cuba and mistakenly thought it was China.)

Columbus Day occurs the 2nd Monday in October and is one of the oldest holidays celebrated in the United States. The first Columbus Day was observed in New York. It celebrated the 300 year anniversary of his voyage. Truths and myths abound regarding Christopher Columbus. To be sure, most children have certainly heard of the Niña , Pinta, and Santa Maria

While historians would argue this point, there are still those who believe Columbus “discovered” America. In recent years, there has been a bit of a backlash regarding his “discovery” as well as any celebration to that effect.

So why continue to set this day aside? It seems silly to celebrate someone for “discovering” a place that was already inhabited by native people. Like it or not, Columbus Day is a national holiday in the U.S. making it worth exploring. In fact, some historians now recommend that we celebrate the spirit of Christopher Columbus and his sailors. Their desire to explore, discover, learn and face the unknown. Our Country is based on the ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And that is definitely worth celebrating!

In that spirit, we share a familiar Christopher Columbus poem.


In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.

He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his way.

A compass also helped him know
How to find the way to go.

Ninety sailors were on board;
Some men worked while others snored.

Then the workers went to sleep;
And others watched the ocean deep.

Day after day they looked for land;
They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.

October 12 their dream came true,
You never saw a happier crew!

“Indians! Indians!” Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joyful pride.

But “India” the land was not;
It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.

The Arakawa natives were very nice;
They gave the sailors food and spice.

Columbus sailed on to find some gold
To bring back home, as he’d been told.

He made the trip again and again,
Trading gold to bring to Spain.

The first American? No, not quite.
But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.



OSHATOES® wishes you a Safe and Happy Columbus Day!

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