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Tips for a Safe Halloween

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Halloween will no doubt look a little different this year. For those who have established Trick or Treating as an annual tradition, it may be disheartening to not carry-on the Halloween festivities in 2020.

While most popular in other countries such as the US, Ireland, France and the UK, Halloween is increasingly growing in popularity in Australia. It’s hard to miss the supermarkets decorated with pumpkins and overflowing with all the different kinds of candy, oops, we mean lollies. Childcare centres encourage costumes and dress-ups, and online Halloween sales are everywhere you look.

So, with your personal safety top-of-mind and the need to maintain social distancing standards, we’ve put together a few low-risk activities that you can do with the family, while still enjoying the festivities of Halloween.

Low-Risk Activities

For parents who are concerned about the potential risk of the traditional Trick or Treat this year, here are some lower risk Halloween activity ideas.

  • Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them
  • Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbours or friends
  • Decorating your house, apartment, or living space
  • Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance
  • Having a virtual Halloween costume contest
  • Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with
  • Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house

Keep your house safe

For those areas that will continue with the Trick or Treat tradition, here are a few tips to keep your family and house safe from unwanted visitors.

  • Consider putting a sign on the front lawn, fence or gate to explain that you are not participating in Halloween door-knocking traditions to discourage people from approaching your home.
  • Don’t leave the front porch light on – on this one night of the year, the porch light on indicates an invitation to door knock for trick or treats.
  • If you’re not going to be home, ensure your house is locked up, but with the appropriate security measures in place – read more tips about this here. Also, consider the first tip about the sign out the front.
  • Keep a strong security screen door, like Crimsafe, in between you and any door-knockers until you feel safe enough to open the door. If in doubt, say you don’t have any tricks or tricks to make them go away.

Whilst it may be preferable to spend this Halloween doing the traditional Trick or Treat activities, the current situation and focus on personal safety presents us with the perfect opportunity to start some new traditions too.

Happy Halloween!

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