As well as being a fun and spooky time of year for both children and grown-ups alike, it is important to stay safe and think about others in your neighbourhood at Halloween.
While most people are happy to open the door and hand out a few sweet treats, Halloween can be much scarier and quite an intimidating time for others. Follow the tips below to help everyone have a good time when trick or treating.
Trick or treaters
- Trick or treat in family groups in your own neighbourhood and don’t travel to other neighbourhoods.
- The best time to go trick or treating is between 6pm – 7:30pm. Please don’t knock on doors after 8pm as younger children may be sleeping.
- If you or your children are wearing a Halloween costume or a mask, please take extra care when crossing the roads as others may not see you.
- Please be mindful and think carefully about which doors you knock on. Our top tip is to look out for homes with Halloween decorations or a pumpkin on display before you knock. If there are no Halloween decorations or lights on, move on to the next house.
- If a house is displaying a poster politely requesting that people do not disturb them, please respect this, and move on to the next house.
- If your children are going trick or treating without you then make sure you know their route and that they have a way to contact you. Remind your children to NEVER go into a stranger’s house or vehicle if invited.
- Use hand sanitiser often, especially after knocking on doors and wash your hands before eating anything!
Not into Halloween?
Halloween isn't for everyone and some people want to be left alone. If you'd like to make it clear to trick or treaters that you won't be taking part, then you can print out this poster. You can download the poster here.
You don’t have to go out trick or treating to celebrate Halloween. We've got some fun ideas to help make Halloween special from the comfort of your home together as a family.
- Pumpkin decorating - This is one Halloween tradition that is fun as ever. Traditionally pumpkins are decorated by carving a scary face. However, if you don’t want to carve a pumpkin why not paint it instead. It's safer and younger children can join in too!
- Costumed movie night – Get your costumes on, turn the lights down and tune into a Halloween film whilst enjoying the popcorn. There are loads of spooky yet child-friendly films to choose from, such as The Addams Family, The Corpse Bride and Ghostbusters. Just make sure you’re happy with the film before settling the family down to watch.
- A family ‘haunt’ (hunt) – Hide some Halloween treats in your home and get the whole family involved on a hunt. Make it extra scary by turning off the lights and using torches to search for the treats!
We hope you have a spook-tacular Halloween! Have fun, be safe and Happy Halloween everybody!