Temperatures are starting to drop, leaves are beginning to fall, and the scent of pumpkin spice is wafting through the air. That can only means one thing: Halloween is just around the corner. Are you ready for the fall festivities to begin?

To get ready for pumpkin carving, you might want to add “ears” to your favorite pumpkin design.  Click here for Cochlear Sound Processor stencils to print and use.

Make180610-250x298-girl-in-leopard-costume sure you’re prepared for everything the season has to offer with these 5 tips:

1.Don’t sacrifice sound for spookiness. When picking out a costume, make sure the mask or hat can fit comfortably over the sound processor without causing interference. You’ll want to know well in advance if you need to make any exchanges or modifications to your wardrobe.

2.Be cautious with face paint and sprays that could damage your sound processor. Keep one hand over the processor while spraying any substances dalmatian-face-paintthat could damage it– or better yet, take it off while applying hair products.

3.Bring extra batteries for your processor so your trick-or-treating adventures can continue uninterrupted. The night only comes once a year, so you want to make sure you’re prepared to enjoy it.

4.Make yourself visible to cars at night. Carry a flashlight and think about adding reflective tape to your costumes for extra visibility. Glow sticks and fluorescent bracelets are a great way to combine practicality with fun.

5.Check all your treats before digging in. Look over your candy haul and make sure every piece is unopened and individually packaged. Don’t accept homemade treats unless you know the person well.

Skylar Mason
As a journalism student, Baha recipient, and Anders Tjellström Scholarship winner, Skylar is excited to join the team at Cochlear as an intern to tell the stories of other CI and Baha recipients! She attends the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.