The evenings are a lot darker than they were a few months ago. More people are out and about in the local community at this time of year, but for those who are vulnerable, this can be quite daunting.
Whether you’re taking part in this year’s spooky festivities or enjoying an evening in, we have a put together a few tips to keep safe this Halloween.
1. Make sure the path leading to your front door is lit by garden lights or a light sensor, and it clear of any obstacles can lead to someone tripping over.
2. Buy a mixed back of sweets or chocolate from your local supermarket for trick-or-treaters to enjoy. If you can’t make it to the shops in time, ask a relative, neighbour or carer to get some for you.
3. If you want to participate in Halloween, let your neighbours know they can know on your door. If you don’t want to take part, print off our handy poster and place it in your window.
4. Keep sweet treats by the door so they are easy to reach when opening the door.
5. Check through the window or peep-hole before you answer the door.
6. Don’t allow anyone you don’t know into your house.
7. Keep greetings with trick-or-treater short – youngsters are ready to move on to the next house to get more treats.
8. Ask someone to keep you company – a relative, friend, neighbour or care assistant. They can help you answer the door and hand out sweets.
9. If you have a pumpkin outside, use an LED battery powered candle to prevent hazards
10. If you don’t want to participate in Halloween, don’t display decorations – a lot of families take decorations a sign as the go-ahead and let their children knock the door.
11. If you have a planned visit from a guest on the evening of Halloween, make sure you know what time to expect them.
12. Plan to visit a friend or relative during the evening so you don’t feel alone – it also means if you don’t want to take part in Halloween you won’t be listening to knocks on the door.
13. Remember, you don’t have to answer the door to trick-or-treaters if you don’t want to!
If you are taking young ones out trick-or-treating this year, here are a few extra bits of advice:
1. Make sure children’s costumes are easy for them to walk in. There may be obstacles in the way that they won’t be able to see if they are wearing a bulky or restrictive outfit.
2. Take a torch with you to, especially if you are trick-or-treating in the darker evening.
3. The general rule is – if there are no Halloween decorations outside the home, move on to the next house.
4. If you have elderly or vulnerable neighbours, take a moment to ask if they want to participate in the festivities this year. If they don’t, why not print off our ‘Beware Who You Scare’ poster for them
5. Remind older children or teenagers to think about who might be living in the house they are knocking the door of. For some, the excitement can take over, but if a vulnerable person answers the door, the excitement might be too scary for them.
At Heritage Healthcare, we are encouraging everyone to Beware Who They Scare. Our expert team of carers are able to support anyone who needs extra help, either with participating or not. Find your local care office today and see how they are able to help.