Halloween has become one of the biggest nights for children in the UK over the last few years, particularly ‘Trick or Treating’ which so many children adore. From a child’s point of view, it’s perfect – they get to dress up in a scary costume, get their face painted, knock on a few doors and end up with a pile of sweets. What’s not to like!!
Whilst the idea behind Trick or Treating is seemingly harmless enough, we do need to ensure that everyone does their best to ensure that it’s a relaxed, fun occasion for everyone – even those of don’t want to join in. Here are a few simple Do’s and Don’ts that both children and parents need to consider on Halloween:
Ensure a responsible adult accompanies children. 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 other people’s decisions. These days, people can buy stickers to put on the front door stating whether or not they are happy to receive Trick or Treaters. If the sign says no, DO NOT ring the bell. Equally important is being prepared to take ‘No’ for an answer if someone does answer the door.
Be seen! Halloween costumes are usually darkly coloured which makes them near impossible to be seen in the dark. Ensure everyone in the party wears something reflective or carries a torch to enable drivers and other members of the group to seen them easily.
Take care crossing the road. Take extra care when crossing roads and make sure you are visible to drivers.
Let a child go alone. Not only are they safer in a group, it will be more fun with their friends.
Go into houses. Remind children to always stay on the doorstep so that the responsible adult can see them and to ensure that the homeowner does not feel threatened.
Do anything that may damage property. Any damage may have to be paid for and it could be classed as a criminal offence.
Demand sweets or money. Intimidating behaviour could well upset older members of the community. Sweets, or anything else, given out at Halloween are gift, not a right.
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.