While Halloween is a huge event in the US, it is relatively new to Australian shores. But seriously, Isn’t Halloween about getting dressed up so that complete strangers will give you candy? How did it take us so long to jump on-board?! If you’re new to trick-or-treating this year, read on below for our safety tips.

Trick-or-Treating: For the Kids

  • If heading out with the kids to trick-or-treat, make sure you go in numbers. Younger kids should always remain with an adult.
  • Plan your route ahead of time.
  • Make sure you take some water with you if you plan a long route, or if it’s a warm night.
  • Remember the saying – “Don’t take candy from strangers?” If you’re not sure who might be behind that door, err on the side of caution.
  • Look for “Trick or Treaters Welcome Here” signs. The police have generously provided posters that can be downloaded to let trick-or-treaters know that there will be candy behind the door.
  • Don’t forget to thank people who give you treats!
  • A good indication that it’s time to head home is when the street lights come on!
  • If you’re not comfortable having the kids go door-to-door, why not hold a Halloween party in the comfort of your own home? You can set up little Trick-or-Treat stations around the house for the kids to go “door-knocking” on.

Trick-or-Treating: For the Adults

  • Let the kids go before you, then you can see what candy they received to work out whether it’s worthwhile knocking on that particular door. No-one wants to waste their time on generic chocolate.
  • If trick-or-treating, you MUST wear a costume. Otherwise you’re just a creepy person knocking on strangers’ doors asking for food.
  • Respect a house if they choose not to participate in giving out candy. It’s not for everyone.
  • Not into trick-or-treating? Have a drinking competition instead – for every Frozen character you see wander past you, have a shot.* Double shots if you see Olaf.

*Drink responsibly