Halloween First Aid
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Halloween is on the 31st October, falling on the eve of All Saint's Day, which is the Celtic festival Samhain. During this time it was widely believe that spirts were most active. No one really knows why we celebrate the event and for many years it was more popular in parts of North America.
In the UK, most people view it as a fun activity where adults and children alike dress up in ghostly
costumes, play "Trick or Treat" and enjoy being a little afraid!
During special fun focused events, it is easy to forget the basic safety principles that we normally
follow. Always have adults accompany children - organised Halloween events are safer.
Check that costumes are fire retardant, sadly every year there are cases of children being burned when costumes come into contact with candle flames. A safer choice are the flickering battery operated candles, however if real candles are used then remember to supervise very closely.
Can children be seen crossing dark roads? They should have torches and perhaps flashing lights on their costumes. Remember to remind children that everyday safety rules apply such as; not accepting sweets from strangers (unless an trusted adult is present) or going off with strangers.
Many adults and children are genuinely afraid of Halloween. If it is clear someone does not wish to take part, please respect this. Houses welcoming Trick of Treating will often put Halloween pumpkin lanterns in their windows.