Halloween is one of the most fun times of the year for so many reasons. It gives us a chance to tap into our creativity and show off spooky homemade costumes while spending time with family and friends–and maybe a couple of ghosts along the way!
Not only is Halloween a fun holiday in the United States, but it’s also enjoyed all around the world by many different cultures.
Dia De Los Muertos
On November 1 and 2 in Mexico and some parts of Latin America, the people celebrate the Day of the Dead. It’s believed that the gates of heaven opened up on October 31 at midnight, and over the course of the next two days, families were reunited with one another.
Celebrated in Ireland and Scotland is a festival called Samhain. It stems from Celtic and Pagan rituals, and it’s considered the birthplace of modern day Halloween. Today, the holiday is celebrated with games, food, and barmbrack–a traditional cake filled with items that tell your fortune.
Everyone enjoys a good celebration. But as with everything in life, it’s important to be safe during this Halloween. Take some of the 100 Year Lifestyle safety tips and be vigilant. Check out some of the following tips needed to have a safe Halloween for all.
Always accompany your child for trick-or-treating
Even though they might be dressed like a superhero, they can’t do everything for themselves. Stay with them throughout Halloween night and keep them safe. You might even want to make a group outing of it. Get together the kids and parents from the neighborhood and make it something fun that everyone can enjoy.
Inspect their candy before they eat it
While we all wish this didn’t have to be a safety tip, there are some people out there who are not so nice on Halloween. Instead, they use it as an excuse to take advantage of children’s innocence. Inspect their candy to make sure your kids can enjoy their treats safely (and sparingly, of course).
Emphasis on “sparingly”
While we know eating Halloween candy is one of the most fun things for kids, encourage them to only have one or two pieces a day. Consider switching things up this year completely. Instead of handing out unhealthy snacks, why not try fruit, vegetables, bottles of water, or even toys? Kids will have just as much fun simply being in the moment, and the candy is just an added bonus.
No matter where you are or how you celebrate this ghoulish holiday, remember to have fun. Cherish these moments you get to spend with your child, and make it a night to remember along the way to 100 healthy years. Happy Halloween!