This post is in regards to Halloween which is coming up on Thursday 31st October. Please read on no matter your view on Halloween for some ideas on how to deal with Halloween.
Earlier this month we posted on our Facebook page about Halloween to start a discussion about how to handle Trick or Treaters. Wow, did we begin a discussion! This would have to have been one of the most active posts we have seen for awhile. 129 comments and 102 LIKES.
You can see the original thread here Facebook Halloween discussion.
One thing this thread proved is Halloween in Australia is still a vexed event. Some people were for it presenting arguments such as it’s a good way to get out to meet neighbours. Some people were against it with their concerns around child safety and commercialisation.
In the original post we suggested if you were willing to be called upon for Trick or Treaters to either decorate the front of your home with Halloween items or simply place an orange balloon out the front. Maria suggested even a simple picture of a pumpkin on the letterbox as another idea (search Google). Others suggested leaving your light on was an indication of willing to participate but this may not necessarily be a safe bet.
Our recommendation is if you are wanting to take your kids out Trick or Treating is to letterbox your neighbours and advise. Include with your note an orange balloon or picture of a Halloween pumpkin advising them to stick them out the front if they are willing to be visited. I would also suggest including a picture that indicates they clearly DO NOT want Trick or Treaters (search Google). This makes it a simple option for your neighbours to opt-in or clearly show they have no interest to participate.
For those that don’t want to be called upon by Trick or Treaters the recommendation above of printing out a picture showing you don’t want to be visited by Trick or Treaters is a good idea to avoid being disturbed.
If you would like to read up on the history of Halloween see this entry on WikiPedia.
Image: A Jack o’ Lantern made for the Holywell Manor Halloween celebrations in 2003. Photograph by Toby Ord on 31 Oct 2003.