Tips for a safe and happy Halloween

Posted on: 25/10/2023

Halloween can be great fun, especially for children. However, for some people, it can be a worry – especially if they’re home alone and concerned about callers after dark.

While it’s nice to celebrate the festivities, no-one should have to feel scared or anxious in their own home. Here are some simple things we can all do to make sure Halloween remains good fun for everyone.

If you're concerned about staying safe:

  • Always put the door chain on and look out of the window or spy hole to see who's there before opening the door.
  • Take particular care if there's more than one person on your doorstep.
  • Only open the door if you feel safe to do so. If you're in any doubt or don't feel safe, it's fine not to answer the door if you don't want to.
  • If you're really worried, invite a friend or relative around and spend the evening together.

If you’re happy for trick or treaters to come to your door, consider the following:

  • You will want to make sure that all walkways (inside and out) are clear of obstacles and clearly lit. You want to avoid tripping or slipping hazards that could impede your progress to the door.
  • Do not place candlelit pumpkins on stairs or walkways. Although festive, candlelit pumpkins and other decorations involving flames can be a fire hazard.
  • Avoid window decorations that block natural light from coming into your home and the view of your front entrance.

If you're out trick or treating:

  • Remember that some older people and other members of your community might not want to be disturbed. A good rule of thumb is to look for a pumpkin outside the house – that's a sign the house is happy to receive trick or treaters.
  • Be mindful of noise late at night.
  • Don't persistently ring someone's doorbell or knock on their door. If they don't answer after the first attempt, it's best to move on.
    Dementia and Halloween

If your relative or loved one has dementia it might be best to avoid Halloween celebrations:

  • Instead, distract them with an engaging activity such as a jigsaw that you can do together.
  • Use headphones with their favourite (calm) music to block out any unusual noise.
  • Watch a favourite film to hold their attention and divert from any activity in the street.

If we think about the wellbeing of ourselves and others, everyone can have a fun and safe Halloween.