Keeping safe around Halloween

October 20, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Halloween is just around the corner and it’s an occasion which I know many people look forward too as it’s a great chance to dress up and have fun with friends and family.

For children the best part of Halloween is collecting lots of sweeties from their neighbours whilst showing off their scary costumes of course.

However, it’s important to remember that Halloween can bring unwanted guests for some as Trick or Treating visitors can cause real worry for older people.

No Trick or Treat Whilst driving to work earlier this week I heard about an incentive which is aiming to protect vulnerable neighbours from Trick or Treaters. Staffordshire Police along with constabularies  from across the country have designed posters, which residents can display in their window or front porch asking to not be disturbed by Halloween enthusiasts.

No Trick or Treat

I think the scheme is a wonderful idea as an unexpected knock on the door can cause genuine worry for older and vulnerable members of a community. The inconvenience of answering a Trick or Treat visit can be a real problem and cause unnecessary distress.

Older people with mobility problems may struggle getting to the door, others may be concerned about letting the cold in, whilst some may stress about what to give Halloween guests resulting in handing over valuable items or even money.

If you’ve got an elderly neighbour or family member who you think would benefit from not been disturbed then collect a poster from your local police station or download one here. They are a polite (and official) way to note that you would prefer not to be visited. Offering peace of mind to everyone involved. 

Worried that you won’t be able to offer a sweet treat to your young neighbours on Halloween? Why not send a pack of sweets into your local school and get the teaching staff to hand them out. Alternatively post some sweeties through your neighbour’s letter box when you’re passing- they’ll go down a storm as an after school treat!

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