Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Halloween is around the corner

Halloween is October 31 but the celebrating will start before that! Although the holiday is observed around the world, few countries celebrate to the extent
that people do in the United States. The name "Halloween" is short for "All Hallow's Eve", being that it is the day before All Saints' Day, a Christian holy day.
In Ireland and Scotland, where the holiday is thought to have originated, people would dress in masks and disguises so that the spirits of the dead would not
recognize them. This evolved into the tradition of dressing in costumes. Today's "trick-or-treating" resembles the medieval practice of "souling", when poor
people would go door to door on November 1, receiving food in return for prayers for the dead on All Souls' Day, November 2.

Halloween is always exciting for children. And most au pairs will enjoy trick-or-treating with their host family's kids before attending Halloween celebrations
of their own. Please help keep children safe by checking all treats before allowing children to eat them. Costumes should be easy to move in and not pose a
tripping hazard. If you are out after dark with the kids, be sure to carry flashlights and hold their hands when crossing the street. And of course, have fun!

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