Halloween is becoming more and more popular in the UK. Across the country, children are dressing up and playing ‘Trick or Treat’ with their neighbours. However, as you get older, the thought of strangers approaching your home in scary costumes can be anxiety and fear inducing, particularly if you live on your own.
There are many ways that you can make Halloween a safer and more enjoyable experience for yourself. Here are our top 7:
7 Halloween Safety Tips:
1. Lock your doors
If you don’t wish to participate in Halloween, ensure that your doors and windows are kept locked. If you do need to answer the door for any reason, make sure to keep the chain on as an extra safety measure. If you don’t have one, make sure you check through the window or the peep hole first before you answer.
2. Don’t decorate if you don’t want to participate
If you aren’t partaking in the Halloween celebrations, make sure to keep your porches and windows free from any decorations. This will make it clear to Trick or Treaters that you are not going to answer the door to them. It will also allow you to be able to see clearly through the windows should somebody knock your door.
If you do decide to hand out treats to the Trick or Treaters, and you want to put up a few decorations, make sure to keep your floors and hallways completely clear to reduce the risk of tripping over anything.
3. Light up your home
Keeping your rooms well lit will help to reduce the chance of you getting frightened. Try keeping as many lights on as possible, and use a night light in your hallway to help to keep your home nice and bright.
Even if you won’t be home on Halloween night, we would advise that you keep lights on to help to deter vandals.
This is just as important if you do wish to take part in Halloween, to ensure that the risk of tripping over is minimised when you are getting up to answer the door.
4. Don’t be alone
Halloween means that there will probably be more activity and noise than usual. This can be frightening, especially if you live on your own.
Don’t sit at home alone in fear, invite your friend or a relative over to keep you company for the evening. Maybe you have a neighbour who will also be spending it alone? If you don’t have anybody local or available to you, try to find a community event that is taking place in your area to attend. This will help to keep your mind occupied!
5. Keep yourself busy
It’s best to keep your mind occupied during the spooky season. When you are feeling anxious, reach for an activity that helps to calm you down. Why not try colouring, knitting, reading or doing a jigsaw puzzle?
6. Put a sign up
If you don’t wish to take part in the trick or treat antics, the best way to deter those who are is by sticking a poster up on your front door or in your window. There are plenty of posters that can be downloaded online for free that you can use! If you aren’t too good with technology, ask a friend of a family member to give you a hand. You can often find them on local police websites!
7. Don’t let anybody in your home
If you are answering the door to Trick or Treaters this Halloween, do not let anybody in your home, even if somebody asks to use your telephone or your toilet. If at any point you feel unsafe in your home be sure to call emergency services.
We hope you found these Halloween safety tips helpful! If you can think of any more, please share them with us on our Facebook page, we would love to hear them!