In years past evil disturbed people would lace (inject) candy with harmful substances and drugs, or put sharp objects in fruits or homemade items. If you haven’t seen it on the news, there may be an influx of the drug Ecstasy that could find its way into your children’s ‘trick-or-treat’ candy. It has been suggested that drug dealers wouldn’t waste money doing this, but who knows the evil that lurks in the heart of evil men.
Always take the time to examine your children’s goodie bag before they indulge in a pure sugar-high. Most people desire the night of Halloween to be fun for everyone, but there are those who are only out to harm little children. Also be aware of predators in your area and never send your children out by themselves.
As an alternative, take your children out and let them have a little fun for the night in a wholesome atmosphere like a mall, your apartment complex (know your neighbors), or places that you know are having festive activities. You can have them pass out candy (in their costumes) alongside of you at your door. Prepare a variety of candy, treats and other goodies that they would normally collect on October 31st. Make a night-of-it at home with some popcorn and a movie.
Most churches and social groups offer alternatives such as “Harvest Parties, Halleluiah Night, Fall Festivals, Family Fun Night, Pumpkin Night” etc. where the children don’t lose out on candy, food, dress-up, and fun & games. As they get older explain to your children the true meaning of Halloween. If you desire to find out more about October 31st, please go to: Halloween Specific and Halloween, All Hallows Eve.
History of Halloween: According to History.com: “Halloween, celebrated each year on October 31, is a mix of ancient Celtic practices, Catholic and Roman religious rituals and European folk traditions that blended together over time to create the holiday we know today. Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity and life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. Halloween has long been thought of as a day when the dead can return to the earth, and ancient Celts would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off these roaming ghosts. The Celtic holiday of Samhain, the Catholic Hallowmas period of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day and the Roman festival of Feralia all influenced the modern holiday of Halloween. In the 19th century, Halloween began to lose its religious connotation, becoming a more secular community-based children’s holiday. Although the superstitions and beliefs surrounding Halloween may have evolved over the years, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people can still look forward to parades, costumes and sweet treats to usher in the winter season.”