Halloween history & safety
Halloween is Monday, although it may be “celebrated” before then. Always a fun night, unless you’re Charlie Brown… “I got a rock.”
Here are some interesting Halloween facts for you:
- The word Halloween is a shortening of All Hallows’ Evening also known as Hallowe’en or All Hallows’ Eve.
- Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (pronounced “sah-win”).
- The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc.
- Masks and costumes were worn in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or appease them.
- Trick-or-treating resembles the late medieval practice of “souling,” when poor folk would go door to door on Hallowmas (October 31), receiving food in return for prayers for the dead on All Souls Day (November 2).
Of course, the times have changed since I was a child. We used to make popcorn balls to hand out. People used to give fresh fruit. That was until some evil person decided to put a razor blade in an apple and rat poison in homemade products.
Nowadays, people only give pre-packaged items and children have everything inspected before they can eat it. Of course, a wise child will have an adult with them for on-the-spot inspections for immediate consumption, right?!
I suppose the way the world is going these days, it is best to err on the side of caution. Halloween is the perfect opportunity for evil hearted people to do unsavory things. Below is a safety tips chart put out by the Red Cross…
Remember, have fun with your friends, but… Stay Safe!