Halloween, also known as All Hallow's Eve, comes the day before what is said to be the most magical day of the year.
It has been known as the day where the veil between this world and "the otherworld" is at its thinnest, making it easier for the living to see the dead, and for the dead to crossover and celebrate with the living. Another name for this is The Day of the Dead or Dia de la Muerta.
In celebrating this event, people dress in costumes for parades, parties,and trick-or-treating - or souling. The children and poor people would go door-to-door singing and offering prayers for the dead in exchange for cakes, other food items and money.
As times change so do traditions to a certain degree. Here, people certainly don't sing while they're out but they do still beg for candy and other sweets, and they still wear the costumes of their choice.
Trick-or-treating is for children of all ages, so here are a few tips for those parents just experiencing the Halloween traditions and for those parents who have and continue to instill the safety rules.
Children should never approach a house that has no lights on. This is a pretty good indication that this house does not wish to participate in the festivities or they may not be home.
Children should stay within eye-sight of their parents at all times. This can get a bit hectic with children and adults walking around everywhere. Children get excited and want to rush off to this house or that, easily getting lost in the crowd.
Children should never eat any candy until their parents have checked it thoroughly for tampering. Some may not even be wrapped, like popcorn balls. Unless that parent knows the giver really well, that is an automatic throw away, as well as any candy that has a wrapper that looks like it has been opened.
For those parents not feeling comfortable with checking the candy, that is perfectly OK. Most hospitals are more than happy to check the candy. Just take it there and the hospital staff will go through the candy, deeming what is safe and what is not.
These tips are to help ensure the safety of little ones so that they can have a great time and still be safe.
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