Halloween can be a fun time for families with children – dressing up and trick or treating!

However for the more vulnerable members of our communities, elderly included, it can be a difficult evening to endure.

Imagine being alone in your home, darkness falls and there are constant knocks on the door – fear can grow as can the risk of falling if an infirm person is constantly getting up out of the chair to answer the door. For someone with dementia, Halloween can be particularly distressing as their level of understanding of the ‘fun’ can be limited.

If you have an elderly family member, try not to leave them alone on Halloween evening.

If you have an elderly neighbour, check in on them.

If you are taking your children trick or treating, do not knock on doors if you know your neighbours are elderly and home alone – explain this to your children, it is a good opportunity to educate them. Also avoid knocking on doors without pumpkins or other Halloween decorations on display – these are often a good indicator if households are happy to accept trick-or-treaters.

Stay safe this Halloween and let’s take the time to care for others