Tips for Parents: Halloween

Halloween is a tradition that began more than 2,000 years ago. At that time, the Celts of Britain, Ireland and France celebrated new year on 1 November and not on January 1, as it is usual today. Some 800 years later, the Church established that that is a holiday. The Church called this festive day ‘All Saints Day’ and the mass celebrated that day was called Allhallowmas. The night before all Saints Day became known as All Hallow e’, or simply Halloween.

Tips for Parents Halloween

What is the meaning of Halloween?

In ancient times, Halloween marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the new winter season. So it is no surprise that to this day associated you with the death of the plants, which occurs in late autumn. As a result of the Association which had Halloween with cold, decay and death, it was natural that Halloween became a symbol of the ‘spooky.’  <Read more>

How was the tradition of going to trick-or-treat born?

In old England, poor people went to ask for bread, and they promised to pray for the dead to change. Is very likely that the current custom that children have come out to trick-or-treat comes from this English tradition.

Where does the tradition of using pumpkins as lanterns?

Originally, people in England and Ireland carved sugar beets, potatoes and turnips for use as lanterns on Halloween. When this custom came to the United States, the Americans replaced by pumpkins. According to an ancient Irish legend, the name jack-o’-lanterns (as it is known in English) comes from a man named Jack, who was sentenced to walk the Earth for life charging your flashlight, not to enter or to heaven or to hell.

What can you do to make Halloween a safer celebration for children?

Here are some recommendations to make Halloween safer for children:

  • Do children go to ask candy wearing costumes of light colors that can be seen easily by motorists. If a child simply needs to wear a costume of terror that is dark, sewing him enough reflective tape so that it can be seen by drivers.
  • Make sure that all the costumes of the children do not burn easily.
  • As many masks blocked the view of the child, it is preferable that you paint you face. (Make sure to use non-toxic and paintings that are removed with water!)
  • Children who go out to trick-or-treat always must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Older children who go out to trick-or-treat just shouldn’t go around the neighborhood and where they want to go further, should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Only should be allowed to children eating sweets with wrap until any adult has the opportunity to monitor the ‘merchandise’.

How can we do that Halloween is an educational experience?

How children feel motivated by Halloween, parents can easily combine that interest with educational activities. Here are some recommendations:

  • Click here for original costumes. It is very easy to go to a store and buy a costume, but the kids to create their own costumes with materials that are at hand can be a wonderful learning experience. Make sure that your child take control in the creation of his disguise. If it is a little child, be sure to make the process easier by dividing the process into parts. This activity will be fun and educational.
  • Tell the story of Halloween. Using the data that we have provided in this document, or in the following references, telling his son the story behind Halloween, how was born the tradition of exit to trick-or-treat and using pumpkins as lanterns. Small children will find these fascinating stories, since they already have an interest in this date (and sweets receiving). It is a great opportunity to do who is aware of the impact that have events in our current behavior.
  • Read stories or poems of Halloween. If a child still cannot read, parents can read stories or poems of Halloween appropriate (and which show you your interest in reading). For older children, the joint reading of material on Halloween can be entertaining. Allow your child to choose what to read from the options you provide.
  • Make pumpkin carving an educational experience. Teach children to carve their pumpkins ‘cutting here and cutting there.’ Although this will not be a full geometry lesson, it will certainly be an educational experience. When you and your child take out seeds, this is a good opportunity to explain how a tiny seed can be transformed into a pumpkin with many seeds.

 

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