It's that time of year again. Yup, Halloween or All Hallows Eve, is right around the corner. October 31st is the night in our community. So, just what is All Hallows Eve? I did some research and this is a synopsis of what I found.
Christian Holy Days are November 1, All Saints Day, and November 2, All Souls Day. The All Saints Day celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholomesse meaning All Saints Day) and the night before it, the traditional night of the Samhain in the Celtic religion, began to be called All-Hallows Eve and eventually became known as Halloween. It was the day the Celts believed the barrier between the living and ghost/spirit world got especially thin.
Here are some tips from AAA to ensure your Halloween AND the Kids are safe.
Halloween Safety is No Trick
During October, there are 30% more deaths for pedestrians aged 5-14 than any other month. The week leading up to Halloween (October 24-31) is especially dangerous, with 43% of the pedestrian deaths in October occurring during just those 7 days.
The end of daylight savings time and shorter periods of sunlight are an added challenge. Keeping children safe as they enjoy Halloween celebrations means parents AND drivers need to be extra vigilant. Parents should spend some extra time with kids to remind them of safety rules, and drivers should do all they can to reduce glare and distractions
Spooktacular Advice for Parents and Kids…
- Wear reflective tape or stickers on your costume and treat bag.
- Carry a flashlight.
- Consider non-toxic face paint instead of mask, which can block vision.
- Costumes should fit well to prevent tripping, and accessories should be soft and flexible.
- Walk, don’t run.
- Never run out into the street, and never cross the street between parked cars.
- Look all ways and listen for traffic before crossing.
- Use the sidewalks.
- Be careful when crossing driveways.
- Go trick-or-treating in a group, and always with an adult.
Witchy Warnings for Drivers...
. Go slowly, especially through neighborhoods.
- Remember, for many children, this is the first night they’ll be walking independently from parents.
- Expect the unpredictable – children crossing between parked cars or running out in the street from mid-block.
- Turn ON your headlights, even before dark, to improve the visibility of your vehicle.
- Avoid distractions in all forms. Don’t look away from the road or talk on the phone (even hands-free ).
- Obey all traffic signs and signals. Give yourself an extra second or two before proceeding after a stop.
- 7. Scan the roadway far ahead to spot trick-or-treaters.