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So it’s October 31st everybody! That awesome day where everyone can dress up and not care who is looking! Where the candy flows like wine and kids are happy and jumping.

Here are 10 fun facts that you may not know about Halloween.

  1. Halloween is believed to have began over 2000 years ago in Ireland.
  2. The owl is a popular Halloween image. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches, and to hear an owl’s call meant someone was about to die.
  3. Trick-or-treating harks back to the Middle Ages and All Souls’ Day, when poor people in Britain would beg for soul cakes, a sweet-bread treat, and pray for dead relatives in return.
  4. Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.
  5. Samhain was a festival ofthe ancient Celts, held around November 1 to celebrate the beginning of winter.
  6. The custom of wearing costumes or masks comes from the Celtic tradition of young men impersonating evil spirits by dressing up in white costumes with masks in attempt to placate these spirits.
  7. The carved pumpkin with a light inside was supposed to ward off evil spirits. The celts however, not having pumpkins, had to use their smaller, less tasty cousin, the turnip.
  8. To meet a witch, put your clothes on inside out and walk backwards on Halloween night.
  9. Black cats were originally believed to protect witches’ powers from negative forces.
  10. It is thought that the colours orange and black became Halloween colours because orange is associated with harvests (Halloween marks the end of harvest) and black is associated with death.

It’s almost the long awaited day for kids everywhere. Halloween! Where the candy is free and the kids don’t care what is it as long as its sugar!

Halloween is a very exciting time for kids. They are eager to get their sweets and with the distractions of other costumes, they are not very cautious when it comes to road traffic.

Here are some tips to keep your children safe on Halloween.

  • Know the route they will be taking and with who they will be.
  • Children under 9 should always be accompanied by an adult.
  • Tell your kids to stay on the sidewalk at all times, and to look both ways before crossing.
  • Make your children bring flashlights. Giving them flashlights or lights, will make them visible to drivers.
  • Pick brighter costumes to increase your children’s visibility.
  • Follow your children, either by walking or driving.
  • Inspect all their goodies before letting them devour them.

Staying safe during Halloween is not only up to the children, but the drivers as well.

Tips for drivers.

  • Always drive slow in residential areas.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings and watch out for children crossing.
  • Stay cautious at all times, and look for children running or with reduced visibility due to masks
  • Remember to turn your lights on, so kids know you are there.

Halloween should be a fun night for everyone, especially children! As teenagers or adults, it is our job to look after these children. Avoid injuries by being extremely cautious. Stay safe and enjoy it.

 

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