It’s almost Halloween!

With Halloween coming up (Wednesday, 31 October), OurHood thought this would be a great opportunity for the kids in your neighbourhood to dress-up and have some fun!

If your neighbourhood is taking part in an organised evening of Trick or Treat, make this event known for all residents by posting the information on the Event page in OurHood.

We understand that parents don’t want their children walking around in the streets alone, especially after dark, and possibly bother neighbours that don’t want to be bothered, so we came up with a solution.

Parents can volunteer to accompany children, as well as members of the Neighbourhood Watch taken a watchful eye at dedicated areas involved in Halloween while on the evening patrol.

Be sure to have a fair adult-to-child ratio, to make things easier to keep under control after the sugar rush hits.

Neighbours willing to take part and offer treats to the kids can put a clear sign up outside their home, or bright orange balloons.

A map can be created with the route the kids will be walking, and the neighbours offering treats’ can mark their home on the map.

A copy of this can be posted into the neighbourhood event page to parents and other residents not volunteering to give them peace of mind and knowledge of what is going on for Halloween.

Another idea can be to have children with allergens wear something indicating this.

For example, if they’re allergic to nuts, a badge in the shape of a peanut can be worn.

Maybe parents unable to attend, can volunteer to make signs, badges and even little buckets for the kids to put their treats in beforehand.

Create a Halloween Event on OurHood

After logging in to your OurHood profile, create an event by clicking “add” – the (white) plus sign (in the blue circle) at the top of the screen.

Choose to create an “event” post.

Fill in the details of the event:

  • The title,
  • The start date and time,
  • The end date and time,
  • Where it will take place,
  • Who will be hosting the event,
  • Give a short description,
  • Attach a picture,
  • And post!

It’s that simple!

Here are a few tips on how to have a safe Halloween:

  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups, with a trusted adult.
  • Hold a flashlight/torch while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
  • Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
  • Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult and only visit well-lit houses.
  • Most importantly, have fun!

All photo credits: Creative Commons