Halloween traditions that date back to Celtic rituals thousands of years ago reflect images of witches, ghosts and vampires.
Today, Halloween customs and activities have changed drastically. They now include a show of children wearing themed costumes of contemporary characters, trick or treating for candy, carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns, and going to haunted houses and attending costume parties. Even adults get into the action where creativity rules. And scare crows aren’t so scary.
Still, the highlight for most youngsters is dressing up and going door-to-door to collect a stash of candy on Halloween night. Whether selecting the right costume or accessories to make your child visible or remembering to tell your little ghosts to say “thanks” when a homeowner helps to fill a trick-or-treat bag, safety is still of utmost importance.
Though no ordinance stipulates hours for Trick-or-treating, parents in Naperville traditionally have set aside the hours of 4-8PM for door-to-door candy collection in costumes. Out of respect, families are asked to go only to houses where the lights are on, where goblins, ghouls, princesses, pirates, etc., will be welcomed with treats.
A few safety tips
If your child is a first-time trick-or-treater—and though it may seem obvious— it’s prudent to talk about healthy and safe choices. Advise them to wait until they get home to enjoy their loot. Candy can go bad–especially if it’s chocolate. Moms and dads always need to examine the stash before their kids dive into it.
According to safety tips presented online by the Center of Disease Control and Protection, children are four times more likely to be in fatal pedestrian accidents on Halloween than on any other night of the year. Darting into the street, tripping on long costumes, face masks, fast cars that don’t slow down and being distracted by Halloween decorations are a few reasons that parents need to remind youngsters especially to be careful when crossing the street.
A year ago, Dr. Al Smith of English Rows Eye Care reminded us that decorative contact lenses sold over-the-counter are illegal and can cause eye problems. Some make ups also can cause skin rashes and be harmful to a youngster’s eyes, too.
Halloween is a festive time for all ages. Naperville offers many costumed events all weekend just for the fun of it. Be safe!
And if you still need an original costume, stop by Second Chance Resale located at 1252 N. Naper Blvd, Suite 172. Find all kinds of accessories and gently-used clothing and gowns at great prices.
Pre-Halloween Events for Fun
Beginning with a Halloween Costume Party at Quigley’s Irish Pub from 9-Midnight, Fri., Oct. 26, PN’s event calendar offers many opportunities to celebrate through October 31.
Kidz Kabaret Drakula, the Musical – PG Rated Oct. 26 & 27