Halloween, a time for ghouls and ghosts and, nowadays, young children looking forward to a massive sugar rush from all the treats they could receive! Trick or Treating is huge these days and enjoyed by children and parents alike with spooky costumes, face painting, and a dose of fresh air whilst roaming the streets as it gets dark.
To ensure that everyone has a good night, here are a few Do’s and Don’ts that parents should bear in mind this Halloween:
Stick to your own neighbourhood. Look for houses with a pumpkin or spooky decorations to indicate that they are happy to welcome Trick or Treaters. Better still, only call on homes where you know the occupants.
Respect people’s decisions. Avoid homes displaying a ‘No Callers’ poster or specific ‘No Trick or Treaters’ poster. Halloween is not for everyone.
Be careful when crossing the road. Stick to homes on one side of the road before crossing to the other – don’t crisscross.
Be seen, be safe. Ensure children carry a torch or wears something reflective so that they can easily been seen by drivers.
Take shortcuts through alleys or un-lit areas. Stick to well-lit roads and avoid areas you are unfamiliar with.
Let children go beyond the doorstep. Ensure children stay on the doorstep, not only for their own safety but also to ensure they do not unintentionally intimidate homeowners.
Let children do anything that may damage property. Keep children to paths/driveways and away from garden plants and cars where at all possible.
Let children forget to say thank you. Remind children that the treats they receive were paid for by whoever gave them out.
Halloween can provide a wonder evening of innocent, spooky fun for everyone involved; just remember to stay safe, stay bright (so that you are easily seen in the dark), stay within the law and, most of all, enjoy yourselves.