How to Halloween

For most people, October 31st marks a day of spooky costumes and fearful festivities- not to mention the buckets upon buckets of sweets and chocolate. A lot of households harbour a stash of goodies ready for welcoming trick or treaters on this hallowed eve, those of which you can normally distinguish from the rest by spooky decorations or a carefully carved pumpkin sitting in a window. A knock at the door for these people is not only welcome, but encouraged, so trick or treat away!

But for some, a knock at the door imposes a much scarier, and very real danger. For domestic violence survivors, especially those who have most recently left an unsafe household, a knock on the door could signal a threat to their safety. The anonymity of domestic violence survivors is essential in ensuring their wellbeing, and so the concept of a stranger turning up at their door and revealing their secure location is both daunting and potentially threatening. As such, Halloween for them marks an evening of anxiety, as they worry about just who it is at the other side of that door. For them, the fear of Halloween is much more real.

There are also a whole host of other reasons why people may choose to not partake in the traditional act of trick or treating, reasons that are at their own discretion. That is not to say that there is any fundamental issue with trick or treating, and many people love getting involved with the spooky spirit; Mums In Need would just like to encourage you to seek out the households that want to do just that. And so though it is tempting to knock from door to door for those ghostly goodies, it is definitely a better idea to assess which houses appear the most approachable- that is the ones with clear signs of their enthusiasm to take part in the trick or treat tradition.

So to all you trick or treaters out there, wear the scariest costume you can create, bob for as many apples as you possibly can, and try not to eat all your sweets at once!