Halloween has become bigger and bigger in the UK over the last few years, particularly the tradition of ‘Trick or Treating’ which so many children adore. Let’s face it, from a child’s point of view, it’s the perfect evening – you get to dress up in a fancy dress costume, possibly get your face painted and, best of all (if you’re lucky), you’ll end up with a pile of sweets at the end of the night!
Whilst all this may sound like harmless fun, there are a few rules that we all need to adhere too to make it a relaxed, fun occasion for everyone. Here’s a few Do’s and Don’ts for children and their parents to consider on Halloween:
Go with an adult. This really should be obvious as Halloween is definitely more for younger children. Remember, if the child is old enough to go out alone, then they are too old for Trick or Treat!
Respect people’s decisions. If someone has a ‘No Trick or Treaters’ sign at their door, DO NOT ring the bell. Equally important is being prepared to take ‘No’ for an answer.
Be seen! Due to the nature of Halloween, many costumes are darkly coloured. Wear something that reflects the light or ensure every child carries a torch so that you can easily be seen by drivers and other members of the group.
Take care crossing the road. Again, as it will be dark, take extra care when crossing roads and make sure you are visible to drivers.
Go alone. Not only are you safer in a group, it will be more fun with your friends.
Go into houses. Always stay on the doorstep so that the responsible adult can see you and to ensure that the homeowner doesn’t feel threatened.
Do anything that may damage property. It could be classed as a criminal offence.
Demand sweets or money. Respect people’s right to say no and avoid intimidating behaviour.
Nobody wants to stop children (and adults!) from having fun so remember, stay safe, stay bright (so that you are easily seen in the dark), stay within the law and, most of all, enjoy yourselves.