A tradition that does not lose strength is Halloween Day, where children go out to ask for candies, disguised as their favorite characters. Our team has prepared a report about this children’s party, so that you know its origins and some recommendations, so that your children are not in any risk.
HALLOWEEN DAY CONTENT
The Beginnings | Halloween Day
For the Celts, the new year was celebrated on November 1, and the day before, October 31, rituals and festivities were performed in honor of the God of Death, marking the beginning of decay, cold and death, that is, winter.
The God of Death | Halloween Day
They believed that the god of death, Shamhain, allowed the dead to return to Earth by night only for Halloween Day, to visit their families. The Celts disguised themselves in horrible costumes, and they walked together, to be with the spirits.
They also believed that wearing these costumes, should help them feel more comfortable with the spirits. When the souls came to the homes, if they did not make a treat (deal) with them, they would do some trick or mischief. Hence, the famous saying that children say to ask for candies: “Trick or Treat”.
Halloween Day (contraction of All Hallows’ Eve), also known as Night of the Dead or Witches’ Night, is celebrated internationally on the night of October 31, especially in Anglo-Saxon countries such as Canada, the United States, Ireland or the United Kingdom, but which has spread to a wider extent in the rest of the world, due to globalization.
Origin of the Canticle | Halloween Day
Originally, the Trick-or-treat was a popular legend of Celtic origin (mentioned above). According to this, not only the spirits of the deceased were free to wander the Earth by night on Halloween Day, but all sorts of entities from all spiritual realms. Among them, there was a terribly malevolent one, who wandered through towns and villages, going from house to house, asking precisely for a trick or treat.
Legend has it that the best thing was to make a treat, no matter what the cost, because if the home owners didn’t make a deal with this spirit (which would be called Jack-o’-Lantern, as the traditional pumpkins of Halloween Day are known) he would use his powers to do a trick, which would be to curse the house and its inhabitants, giving them all sorts of misfortunes and curses, such as making the family sick, killing cattle with pests or even burning their own house.
As a protection, people decided to carve horrendous forms in the pumpkins, in order to avoid meeting with this spectrum (and later, due to the mental association between the spirit and the pumpkins, his name would be given to them, which is as they are known today when this festival comes).
Recommendations | Halloween Day
As every year, the health authorities have issued a series of recommendations to adults and children who enjoy going from house to house, asking for candies on Halloween Day. They call to consider precautionary measures to prevent this holiday from becoming a tragedy.
Costumes and Masks | Halloween Day
Choose a light-colored costume on Halloween Day, or add phosphorescent tape on the front and back of the costume, so your children can be seen easily. Make sure wigs or beards don’t cover your child’s eyes, nose, or mouth. Prevent your children from wearing masks; they don’t allow good vision and it’s hard to breathe inside them. Use non-toxic paint or makeup to replace masks.
Put or sew a label with your phone number on your child’s costume. Avoid wearing big shoes or high heels that could trip children, as well as long, baggy skirts or pants, or long-sleeved shirts that could snag somewhere and cause children to fall. Make sure any props your children wear, such as wands or swords, are flexible.
About Candy | Halloween Day
Check the expiration date, the wrapping and check the candy is not crumbled, wet or with strange objects. Do not allow children to ask for candy on Halloween without the company of an adult. In chocolates, candy and confiture is easy to add scopolamine or hallucinogenic substances that can cause memory loss and unwillingness: be very cautious.
When children return home from Halloween Day, check these food and store only those that are properly wrapped and have sanitary records. Inspect homemade foods and reject them if you suspect they are in poor condition. Do not forget that high consumption of candy can cause abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. In the case of these symptoms, parents should take their children to a medical center, or they can call 911 for advice.
About gunpowder or candles | Halloween Day
For health authorities, it’s also a priority to avoid burns due to the use or handling of gunpowder. In the first instance keep children away from candles and bonfires. Do not allow children to buy, handle or burn gunpowder. It is a high risk in any of its presentations, and can cause physical and psychological harm.
We call on children not to go out on Halloween Day without the company of an adult. They must make sure that the area where they are going to travel with minors is safe and known to the adult. Try to ride in groups and in case of any eventuality, contact the appropriate authorities by calling 911, pointed out the Health officials.