Guide to Safe Halloween Celebrations - Heritage Healthcare

Guide to Safe Halloween Celebrations

Halloween celebration pumpkin placed on a bench outside

Halloween is an exciting time of year, especially for our children. Weeks spent planning costumes, pumpkin picking and the thought of all the sweets you will get when out trick-or-treating.  Soon, many of us will be heading out into the community with our families to engage in Halloween celebrations. Others will be waiting at home with sweets, ready for the mini monsters to knock at the door.

Whether you’re going out with the family, staying home ready for the trick-or-treaters, or not taking part in Halloween celebrations. We have put together some tips to help everyone stay safe!

Heading out Trick-Or-Treating?

  • Only go trick-or-treating in neighbourhoods you know.
  • Ask your older or vulnerable neighbours if they are planning on taking part and if so, let them know you will be visiting.
  • Make sure your costume is easy to walk in and warm. Don’t forget to bring a coat, as temperatures are dropping.
  • Make sure to bring a torch with you to avoid trips and injuries as the evenings are becoming darker sooner.
  • Set an agreed time to go home, most people stop answering their doors around 9pm.
  • Make sure to check the sweets and chocolate before you let your children eat them.
  • Wash or sanitise your hands often, as COVID-19 is still around.
  • If you have older children and teenagers, remind them to be courteous of vulnerable people and keep safe.
  • Be courteous of the people who are not taking part. The general rule is if there is no decorations or lights on or if you come across one of our #BewareWhoYouScare posters, don’t approach the house. They may not be welcoming visitors.

Handing out sweets at home?

  • Have a decoration outside to show you are taking part, this could be a small pumpkin with an LED battery tealight
  • Buy a mixed bag of sweets or chocolate from the supermarket. You can also ask a family member or carer to purchase them for you if you can’t get to the shops.
  • Ask a friend, family member or carer to keep you company during the evening and help answer the door.
  • Let your neighbours know you’ll be taking part so they can come to visit.
  • Make sure your sweets are easy to grab near the door, this way you won’t have to look for them.
  • Make sure the pathway to your front door is clear and well-lit to avoid accidents.
  • Check through the window or peephole to see who is knocking.
  • Don’t allow anyone to enter your home.
  • Wash or sanitise your hands often, as COVID-19 is still around.

Not taking part in Halloween celebrations?

  • Print off our #BewareWhoYouScare poster and display it in a clear spot on your door or window. (Click here to download our poster!)
  • Make plans to visit a friend or take a trip out so you won’t be disturbed by the knocks on the door.
  • Let your neighbours know that you’re not going to be taking part, this way they know not to knock on your door.
  • Don’t display Halloween decorations. Most families will be looking for them as they act as an indication that you are taking part.
  • Invite a friend, family member or carer to keep you company and distract you from the noise.
  • If someone is planning on visiting you during the evening, schedule a time so you know when to expect them.

We’re here to support you

At Heritage Healthcare we aim to make all our clients feel safe and comfortable at home. Our hand-picked team of Care Assistants support clients with bespoke care services tailored to their needs. Our companionship service provides clients with a friendly, trusted face to help them remain living at home for longer.

To find out more about our services and how we can help support you or your loved ones, find your local Heritage Healthcare office by clicking here.

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