While the practices and celebrations related to Halloween were borrowed from different cultures, the celebration here has evolved into something that is truly American. The main focus of the celebration is, obviously, children going house-to-house asking for candy, a practice that is now known worldwide as “trick-or-treat.”
Trick-or-treating is the opportunity for kids to show off their creative costumes and at the same time collect goodies. But did you know that trick-or-treating is a take from the Irish and other European tradition of people wearing costumes made of animal hides to ward off evil spirits and asking for food in return for the prayers they offer?
There is no Halloween without the costumes of trick-or-treaters. However, going around in the dark, wearing dark costumes, especially with small children in tow, has a few risks involved. There is also the possibility that motorists will have limited visibility to see trick-or-treaters. Likewise, trick-or-treaters wearing masks may have a hard time seeing motorists.
Food Allergies on Halloween
Society is becoming more aware of food allergies, but Halloween is still an open frontier to be conquered. As people prepare treats for trick-or-treaters, food allergies are rarely thought of. If you want to go the extra mile and think of those in the neighborhood that might have food allergies, prepare treats that do not contain eggs or peanuts, two food items that are high on the allergy list.
However you choose to celebrate, have fun and be considerate of your environment and allergies. Happy Halloween.