Halloween is celebrated on October 31 (what in some countries is known as the Day of the Dead) and on the eve of Saints’ Day.  Halloween It is a fun party that is repeated every year, where the house is decorated, the children wear their costumes and go out with their parents to ask for sweets, any other meaning they give is simply out of context. Many people try to associate it with something macabre or against Christians and that is not true. Although it is something that is commonly celebrated in the United States, I have heard some paranoid mothers who prefer to close the curtains of their homes, not open the door and isolate their children so that they do not participate for any reason. They are only a few hours where we can all have a good time with caution and moderation, this in turn will be part of childhood memories. I love it, it’s a way for Chris and Chloe to enjoy healthy holidays in the country where they were born.

Some advices:

First of all, do not abuse in buying or eating sweets in an exaggerated way. Limit your consumption because the excess can cause stomach pain, sugars and other sweeteners can act as laxatives when consumed in large quantities. Tiny candies can cause possible suffocation in young children.

  1. Make sure your children understand that they should not eat sweets until you have inspected them properly. This allows to check any possible handling of the wrappers. Discard those that are open. It only accepts sealed sweets from the factory. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers. In case of poisoning, contact Poison Control.
  2. Children should not go out alone to ask for sweets. It is advisable to go in groups and accompanied by one or more adults. These in turn must carry your cell phone with a flashlight that helps you see better and that others also see.
  3. Fruits should be washed and cut before eating.
  4. You should always walk and do not run from house to house.
  5. Place a phosphorescent ribbon in the costumes and bags of candy so that drivers can see you.
  6. Try makeup first on one area of ​​the face. Remove it before going to bed to avoid possible skin and eye irritation. Visit  www.safecosmetics.org  (safe cosmetics).
  7. Look both ways before crossing the street. Use the established crosswalks whenever possible.
  8. Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Make sure you wear fire-resistant costumes.
  9. Be cautious and reduce the risk of serious eye damage by the use of decorative contact lenses.
  10. Wear masks, suits and tight-fitting shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.
  11. Just enter those houses if you are with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Do not stop you in dark houses. Never accept to go out and ask for sweets with strangers.
  12. If you are driving, remember to be alert with the “trick-or-treaters” and drive carefully.
  13. There are many creative and cute costumes for boys, and something too grotesque, loaded, funereal, monstrous or bloody is not necessary.
  14. If children are small it is not right to use sharp swords, guns, knives, or other objects that incite violence.
  15. Try to go out and ask for sweets with your children in your own neighborhood and do not forget to guide you with the map or GPS of your cell phone.
  16. Children should drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
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