Fun or Risky?                      

AYESHA HASHMI

October 2, 2015

            As the season of fall approaches, the spooky flare spreads everywhere. Pumpkins are carved, lights are darkened, and excitement slowly increases, giving Halloween a nice welcome!             Halloween, an abbreviation of “All Hallows Eve,” was not a holiday of costumes, trick or treating or carving pumpkins at first, but more of a religious/cultural tradition. Halloween has become how it is today with the help of the Celtic holiday of Samhain, a celebration of the spirits of the dead.

Though Halloween is an exciting and lively traditional holiday, it poses many risks for children, especially when children go out trick-or-treating alone. Children going door-to-door to strangers’ houses causes great concern for parents because they believe that many strangers cannot be trusted, and might be harmful to their children. Some parents worry about the possibility of kidnapping unattended children. Parents also do not trust the treats that are being handed out, and believe that it’s best for their kids not to eat them due to expiry dates and allergies. Trick-or-treating in the dark and crossing roads populated with fast drivers are also a big safety concern for the children.                                                                                                                   In numerous celebrations, there are many risks involved, but people are still able to handle them properly and find safe solutions to enjoy the festivities. Taking precautions can make the Halloween-oriented events enjoyable and far less dangerous.

As a community, initiatives can be taken to assure the safety of children going out on Halloween. Confirming that treats are not expired and that the treats do not include common allergy ingredients like peanuts or other tree-nuts can satisfy parents about what treats will be given out. Parents taking their kids trick-or-treating by car or drivers driving on Halloween night can drive slowly to ensure that other kids can walk by safely. To make sure that kids can get door-to-door safely, parents can buy or add reflective accessories to their children’s costumes so drivers can detect children walking by. Parents should also enjoy this holiday with their kids and include trick-or-treating in their schedule, or send their kids in a group to make sure that they have someone by their side at all times, to protect them and to reduce the possibility of any mishaps. In closing, creating a fun, but safe night for trick-or-treaters can make this holiday more memorable and exciting.

 

Some information was gathered from:

(n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips