Halloween has become an increasingly popular celebration with young people especially, however it’s important to remember not to have fun at the expense of others; especially the vulnerable and elderly.
Vulnerable and elderly people can often feel frightened by an unexpected group calling at their door during a dark evening, so please bear in mind that Halloween is not for everyone.
We have looked at the following advice provided by Surrey Police to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone at Halloween:
For Trick or Treaters:
- Young children should always be accompanied by a responsible adult.
- Respect the privacy of people that do not wish to take part. Observe if the house you are planning to call on as ‘No Trick or Treaters’ posters displayed. Houses that are taking part usually display a pumpkin or other Halloween decorations outside.
- If you know someone that is particularly vulnerable, make sure you have a contact number of a close relative or good neighbour to hand, just in case you or they need to phone someone.
- Do they live in an area operating a Neighbourhood Watch scheme? If so, let their coordinator know they will be on their own at Halloween. The scheme is designed to offer reassurance and help to the vulnerable.
- If they are preparing to receive Trick or Treaters, switch on any outside lights and remove any trip hazards. Pumpkins or other Halloween decorations outside are an indication that they are welcoming people to call on their home.
Whatever your plans over Halloween, we hope you have an enjoyable experience and if you have any tips that you would like to share, please comment below…