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Halloween is just around the corner. Get out the pumpkins, read your scary stories and practice your evil laugh like Joey and Phoebe...

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So, where does Halloween come from? Well, Halloween has evolved from an ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain. It used to be celebrated by the Celts to see the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the winter. It was also believed the changing of the seasons was a bridge between the world of the dead. Scary!

Halloween is a great way to have fun and bag some free sweets. But there are some important things you need to remember. Not all of your neighbours will be taking part and may want a quiet night in.

To let any Trick or Treaters know whether you’re offering out sweets or not, download and print off these posters for your door or window.


If you don’t want to take part in Halloween, here are some things to remember:

  • If you don’t feel comfortable, don’t answer the door. Any Trick or Treaters should move along.
  • Children can get over-excited for this once a year event. If there are any loud noises and rumblings in the street, does it need to be reported to us or your local police?
  • Driving around on Halloween? Make sure you keep an eye out for children crossing the road. They may not be as recognisable in costumes and may be too excited to be aware of oncoming traffic.
  • If your property has been damaged, make sure you report this to your local police and obtain a crime reference number. Then, contact us to let us know what has happened.
  • If you feel threatened, contact you local police.

Going out to Trick and Treat

You and your children may be getting ready to go out for the evening and get some sweets. If your children are going out on their own, make sure you’re aware of the following:

  • Stay in your own neighbourhood. Unless you’re going along with your children to keep a watch on them.
  • Make sure you know where your children are going, when they will be leaving and when they plan to be back.
  • Stay in well lit areas.
  • Keep on the pavement and watch out for traffic when you cross. Find a safe crossing path and stay in a group. Don’t go out on your own.
  • Respect your neighbours if they don’t want to take part. You don’t want to be scared yourself by an angry neighbour!
  • Be mindful of knocking on doors of the vulnerable and the elderly. You might give them a fright before they answer the door.
  • Don’t vandalise people’s home. Even using eggs and flour isn’t a good idea. You might get into the trouble with the police. A night of fun might end in a night of disaster.

Whether you’re taking part in Halloween or not, let us know what you will be doing. Will you be dressing up and trick or treating? Or will you be putting on a film and settling in for the evening? Post them to us on Facebook and Twitter