Did you know, Halloween originated in Britain and Ireland during the Middle Ages? Fact. The poor would dress up and go from door-to-door on Hallowmas, receiving food in return for offering prayers for the dead the following day (All Souls Day). Over time, this holiday spread to other countries and in the 1920’s it finally made it’s way to America by immigrants who desired to continue the traditions. Here in the United States, it is known as Halloween!
When I ponder on Halloween, I think of costumes, candy, parties, décor, and FUN. There are those who enjoy Halloween for the thrills and chills of scary movies, haunted houses, gory costumes, and evil storytelling. It is a holiday revered by children and, in it’s simplest form, completely innocent. To others, Halloween is celebrated as a pagan holiday filled with goblins and ghouls, vampires and werewolves. Although it is celebrated in various forms and in various nations, SAFETY is important for ALL who plan on trick or treating.
The following is a list of important safety rules to follow on Halloween:
- Always use common sense.
- Young children should always go trick-or-treating with an adult.
- Never trick-or-treat alone.
- Have at least 2 buddies go with you.
- Plan your entire route and make sure your family knows what it is.
- Make sure that you are wearing a flame retardant costume.
- Wait until you get home and your parents check your candy before you eat it.
- Avoid candy that has loose wrappings, is unwrapped, has puncture holes, or is homemade.
- Be very cautious of strangers.
- Accept treats only in the doorway.
- Never go inside a house.
- Never accept rides from a stranger.
- Be sure and say thank you for your treats.
- Don’t play near lit jack-o-lanterns.
- Visit only houses where the lights are on.
- Walk, Do not run.
- Walk on sidewalks and driveways.
- Cross the street at the corner or in a crosswalk.
- Take a cellular phone with you if possible.
- Wear a watch and keep an eye on the time. Don’t stay out too late.
- Carry a flashlight.
Little ghosts, goblins, werewolves and vampires harmlessly walk the streets that night. However, there are real dangers and/or human monsters lurking. Be alert and careful…..YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!