Halloween and trick or treating information and advice
Halloween (or Hallowe'en) - the night of October 31st.
Halloween activities can include: trick-or-treating; bonfires and fireworks; ghost tours; costume parties; visiting 'haunted houses'; carving Jack-o'-lanterns; reading scary stories and watching horror movies.
Although Halloween can be a great deal of fun for those involved, for many it is a particularly distressing (or unwanted) time of year, particularly for some of the more vulnerable members of our communities - especially the elderly.
Please remember that not everyone will want to take part in your Halloween events or trick or treating - so please respect their point of view.
Useful downloads, including a poster you can put this in your window, or on your door, to help try to stop unwanted callers:
Pumpkins - did you know:
According to research by environmental organisation Hubbub, we buy 39.9 million pumpkins each Halloween and the frightful fact is that most of these go uneaten!
- only one in nine people cook their pumpkin
- 22 million pumpkins will go to waste
- that's £32m of edible food wasted!
A quick search online will throw up loads of delicious pumpkin recipes - for example:
- How to eat pumpkin - on the Hubbub website
- Pumpkin recipes - on the Hubbub website
- Eat Your Pumpkin and Join The Pumpkin Rescue! - on the Hubbub website
- Halloween - half term fun and activities
- Fireworks safety advice
- Anti-social behaviour
- Sussex Police website - Halloween information, news and advice
- RSPCA website - fireworks frighten animals
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Safer Communities Team
Page last updated: 25 October 2022