Halloween is an annual holiday observed on October 31, which includes activities such as trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carving jack-o’-lanterns, bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films. Trick-or-treating is a customary celebration for children on Halloween. Children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as candy or sometimes money, with the question, “Trick or treat?” The word “trick” refers to a (mostly idle) “threat” to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given. In some parts of Scotland children still go guising. In this custom the child performs some sort of trick, i.e. sings a song or tells a ghost story, to earn their treats.
Safety suggested by CDC
Halloween is a favorite holiday for the kids. The streets will be full of ghosts, goblins, and princesses all in a hunt for candy. The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised a few safety tips to be observed by all keep on this occasion:
- 1. Jaywalking and darting into traffic by children may cause accidents. Hence an adult or responsible teenager travels with the kids especially, if they are on foot to make sure they travel the route you want them to go and that they are safe.
- 2. Check the trick or treaters costume before they leave the house. If they are wearing a mask, be sure the eyeholes are big enough for them...
to see properly and accidents are avoided.
- 3. Make sure that child’s costumes are not dragging on the ground so that they can walk properly without getting entangled.
- 4. Use reflective tape so that they are visible to motorists and keep a flashlight handy so they can see in the dark.
- 5. Parents be sure to check the child’s candy to make sure it is safely wrapped, when in doubt throw it out, if the candy looks like it has been tampered.
- 6. If you are on the other side of the door and are the ones passing out candy, make sure your porch light is on.
- 7. Be sure that your drive way is clear so that no one trips on their way to your doorstep.
Already news is rolling in about children run down by cars when crossing the street to collect candies. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
Be safe and enjoy Halloween.