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Staying Safe on Halloween

Oct 30, 2019 | Advice

Although Halloween is a fun night for many, it can be fear provoking for the elderly. This is predominantly due to stranger stress and being alone. A stranger knocking at the door can be intimidating at any time, but when you have multiple groups of strangers knocking on your door throughout the evening, it can be even more frightening.

Some elderly people still enjoy getting into the Halloween spirit, but some understandably do not. Whichever group you fall into, it is important to stay safe during the spooky season. Here are some of our top tips:

Tips if you are accepting trick or treaters

  • Don’t allow strangers into your home, even if they ask to use your toilet or to use a telephone
  • Place a bowl of sweets at the bottom of your drive for people to help themselves to save you from having to get up to answer the door on multiple occasions
  • Keep your hall and porch way free from obstacles to reduce the likelihood of tripping or falling over
  • Take your time when you get up to answer the door, don’t rush and risk falling over
  • Keep your home well-lit so that you don’t get frightened when answering the door to strangers
  • Ask a friend or family member to come over and assist you with handing out the sweets, especially if you suffer from limited mobility
  • Use tea lights inside your pumpkins as opposed to lit candles to avoid fire hazards
  • Always check through the window or peephole before answering your door
  • Take extra care if there is more than one person at your door, particularly if there are no parents in sight

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Tips if you are not accepting trick or treaters

  • Ensure that your house is well-lit so that potential vandals are aware that somebody is home
  • Put up a sign – these can be found on local police station websites
  • Don’t stay at home on your own – this can add to the worry. Why not invite some friends or family over and spend the evening with them?
  • Attend a community event at a local community centre or another public place to get you out of the house
  • Keep yourself occupied – don’t sit in your chair worrying! Watch your favourite film, do some arts and crafts or relax with your favourite book
  • Keep noise levels in the house minimal so that you can clearly hear what is going on outside
  • Make sure that your windows are cleared from decorations so that if you need to see what’s going on outside, you have a clear view

Additional Halloween safety tips

  • Whether you are celebrating or not, ensure you keep your doors locked at all times
  • Only answer your door if you feel that it is safe to do so, if you have any doubts at all, do not take any risks
  • Don’t be scared in your home. If you feel threatened or witness anything suspicious, don’t hesitate to call emergency services

 

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