• Always use common sense.

    Young children should always go trick-or-treating with an adult.
    Never trick-or-treat alone. Have at least 2 buddies go with you.

    Plan your entire route and make sure your family knows what it is.
    Make sure that you are wearing a flame retardant costume.

    Wait until you get home and your parents check your candy before you eat it.

    Be very cautious of strangers.

    Accept treats only in the doorway. Never go inside a house.

    Be sure and say thank you for your treats.

    Don't play near lit jack-o-lanterns.

    Visit only houses where the lights are on.
    Walk, Do not run.

    Walk on sidewalks and driveways.

    Cross the street at the corner or in a crosswalk.
    Take a cellular phone with you if possible.
    Wear a watch.

    Carry a flashlight.

    Why are pumpkins a Halloween tradition?

    Using pumpkins as lanterns at Halloween is based on an ancient Celtic custom brought to America by Irish immigrants. All Hallows' Eve on October 31 marked the end of the old Celtic calendar year. On that night, hollowed-out gourds with candles inside were placed on windowsills to welcome home spirits of deceased ancestors and to ward off evil spirits, including a restless soul named "Stingy Jack."

    Why do we don masks and silly costumes for Halloween?

    Believing that spirits and ghosts roamed the land on All Hallows' Eve, the ancients Celts wore costumes and masks to avoid detection by these ghosts.

    What's with the door-to-door begging for candy?

    Have you ever wondered how trick-or-treating began? On All Hallows' Eve, the Celts would leave food on their doorsteps to keep the hungry ghosts from entering their homes.

    Did you know...

    • Black cats were once believed to be witch's assistants who protected their powers.
    • Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange represents the fall harvest, and black is associated with darkness and death.
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    About Halloween (U.S):

    Halloween is a strange holiday celebrated in the United States. The holiday and the way of celebrating has changed over the years because of the merging of cultures and celebrations.

    Halloween has become a huge commercial success with enourmous sales.

    History of Halloween:

    • The Celts believed that souls of the dead visited the earth every October 31.
    • All Hallows Eve was the evening before All Saints Day which is celebrated on November 1.
    • In Mexico, they celebrate El Dia de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead starting the evening of October 31.
    • Halloween also marks the end of harvest season. The end of October marks the time that pastures and fields dry up. The animals were brought in from the pasture to be butchered and the remaining vegetables left in fields and gardens were left to rot. This part of the season often brought about reminisce of loved ones that were lost.
    • In 1800's people started to have parties. Part of the celebrations included costumes, fortune telling and games such as bobbing for apples.
    • At the turn of the century, cities were overcrowded and Halloween marked the time to let off steam by playing practical jokes such as turning over out houses. By the 1930's things had gotten out of hand and serious damage was being done on Halloween. There was a movement to have children go door to door and ask for candy as an alternative to vandalism.
Last Modified on November 14, 2007