All Hallows’ Eve, or Halloween, is waited for all year long by the young and young at heart all over the world. This yearly event celebrated on October 31st is time for carving pumpkins, eating (a limited amount) of candy and dressing up. A few scholars claim this holiday originated from Celtic festivals that celebrated the harvest or honored the dead, while others don’t think there is any connection to Samhain (a Gaelic harvest festival.) No matter what the origin, our team at the dental office of Dr. James Wells hope that Halloween is fun and enjoyed by all of our awesome patients!
Trick or Treat?
Halloween is mostly celebrated by children dressed up in costumes that are either scary or cute. The dressed up children go around their local neighborhoods knocking on doors asking “trick or treat” and are given candy in return. In North America, trick-or-treating is a tradition. Parents may complain about the pounds of candy collected by the young ones and may have some fear for the health of their teeth. There are a few things you can do to help their teeth stay in great shape until the candy is gone:
Limit the amount of candy consumption for each day
Brush their teeth after eating candy
Avoid hard, chewy candies that stick in hard to brush places
Reduce temptation by keeping candy out of sight
Limit pre-Halloween consumption by not buying candy too far in advance
Help or encourage your children to floss
There are more events associated with Halloween than just gorging out on candy. Activities like carving jack-o’-lanterns, painting pumpkins, decorating sugar cookies, bobbing for apples are fun family seasonal events. You can also go to haunted houses, or curl up on the couch with a bowl full of popcorn and watching some classic, scary movies.
Halloween Around the World
Some countries frown upon Halloween. Australia claims it is an American event and not welcome in Australian culture, while other countries like Italy have incorporated the Halloween fun and celebrate much as Canadians and Americans do. Mexico has been celebrating the day since 1960 as it marks the beginning of the Day of the Dead festival. Countries in Europe have begun to accept the holiday as well. Sweden, Norway, and Germany have been celebrating Halloween since the 1990’s and it’s not uncommon to see children in costumes or ghosts hanging in their windows.
Halloween is about stepping outside our normal lives, putting on a costume, having fun and gathering with friends to knock on doors and as for candy and is as much a part of North American culture as hot dogs and barbecue on Labor Day weekend.
Have a safe and happy Halloween from the team at Wells Family Dentistry!
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