Children are so curious about everything – be it the taste of toothpaste early morning or the ghost’s stories before bedtime. It is always good to tell children about both sides of the world – good and evil. Halloween Day is not only about decorating the yard and the jack-o-lanterns, but we should also know about racing in the Halloween costumes from door to door for the “Trick or Treat” custom and Halloween safety tips for children.
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Before reading Halloween Safety Tips For Children, let’s read the facts about Halloween.
Here are the 9 facts children should know about Halloween Day:
- Halloween or Hallowe’en otherwise called Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, is a festival observed in various countries on 31st October.
- Halloween started as the celebration of Samhain. It was a piece of the ancient Celtic religion in Britain and different parts of Europe.
- By the end of summer, the Celts thought the distance between our world and the ghosts’ and spirits’ world got reduced. They trusted it was the time when ghosts and spirits turned out to frequent, and the Celts would satisfy the spirits by giving them treats.
- Halloween is the evening prior to the Christian sacred days of All Hallows’ Day (otherwise called All Saints’ or Hallowmas) on 1st November and All Souls’ Day on 2nd November, hence giving the holiday on 31st October the full name of All Hallows’ Eve (which means the evening prior to All Hallows’ Day).
- Straddling the line between fall and winter, bounty and scarcity, life and passing, Halloween is a period of festivity and superstition. So, it is thought to have begun with the ancient Celtic celebration of Samhain when individuals would light campfires and wear Halloween costumes to avoid wandering ghosts.
- Americans commend the conventions of Halloween by dressing in costumes and telling stories of witches and ghosts.
- Children visit from house to house to follow the custom of “Trick or Treat”. So, they knock on entrance doors and call out “Trick or treat!” on the evening of 31st October expecting to have their packs loaded with sweets.
- Pumpkins are carved into frowning jack-o-lanterns. There is an old Irish legend known as Stingy Jack. He was scared to roam alone in the darkness between heaven and hell. He hollowed out a turnip and placed an ember (given to him by the devil to lighten his way), turning it into a lantern.
- Similarly, we should also hollow out ourselves and throw out the negativity. Carve a smile and two wide eyes to explore the beautiful world. Thereby, we should light ourselves with positivity and enlighten our path of life with the same.
11 Tricks and Halloween Safety Tips for children
Remind your superheroes, little ghouls, goblins and fairy princesses to follow tricks and Halloween safety tips for children for a safe and happy Halloween.
- Halloween costumes should be well fitted and made up of fireproof fabric.
- Costumes should not restrict vision or movement.
- Avoid any accessories or dangles which can make children trip or fall while walking.
- Opt for bright colored costumes with reflectors that are clearly visible at night.
- If using weapons with costumes, choose wisely to avoid any injury.
- Use flashlights or glow sticks for proper visibility.
- Walk on sidewalks and marked crosswalks.
- Cross streets safely after looking at both sides and follow traffic signals.
- Children below 12 should be accompanied by adults. Children above 12 should stay in groups and stick to familiar areas.
- Avoid dark houses, only visit well-lit houses. Never go inside anyone’s house or bang on the door. Do not yell if anyone doesn’t after ringing the doorbell twice. Simply leave.
- Children should not eat or open any candy until checked by adults. Check candy or treats before eating, throw away candies with ripped or open wrappers.
Wish you a very happy & fun-filled Halloween Day with sticky fingers and tired feet of your children!
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