Although not everyone participates in Halloween, it is a fun and exciting time of year for children and parents of children, alike.
Originally a pagan holiday celebrated by the Celts to usher in the coming harvest and cold winter, the Church decided to couple the many celebrations of our passed loved ones near this secular holiday, to give it a more Christian connotation.
All Saints’ Day, or All Hallows’ Day, is November 1st and it is a day set aside to honor and celebrate the lives of all of the saints by the Catholic Church. Then, All Soul’s Day, or the Day of the Dead, follows on November 2nd. This is a day of prayer and almsgiving in memory of passed family members and ancestors.
The day before All Hallows’ Day, became Halloween, or All Hallows’ Eve, and this day of celebration continued some of the pagan rituals of Celts, such as: dressing in masks and having bonfires.
Each year, children set out, not with this rich history in mind, but to rush from house to house in search of treats. It is important to keep safety a top priority.
The CDC recommends the following health and safety tips for trick-or-treaters this year:
S: swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be soft, short and flexible
A: avoid trick-or-treating alone- walk in groups or with a trusted adult
F: fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
E: examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating and limit the amount of treats you eat in one sitting
H: hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and be seen.
A: always do a patch test with make-up in a small area first. remove make-up before bedtime to irritation.
L: look both ways before crossing the street. use crosswalks when possible.
L: lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
O: only walk on sidewalks or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe
W: wear well fitting costumes, masks and footwear to avoid falls and blocked vision
E: eat only factory wrapped treats, unless you and your parents know the cook well
E: enter homes only if you are with a trusted adult that your parents know
N: never walk near lit candles or flames and wear flame-resistant costumes
Have a happy and safe Halloween!!