Supporting our vulnerable residents this Halloween

For many people, Halloween is a night of fun and laughter, but for some older and vulnerable individuals, it can be a time of anxiety and fear. 

We are supporting Op Bang, a police-led campaign which helps our communities enjoy the festivities safely and reminds everyone to think of others and consider how their behaviour can cause alarm or distress. 

Here are some tips to help everyone enjoy Halloween comfortably and safely.

How to stay safe at home during Halloween 

Secure your home: 

  • If you don't want any callers, make sure that your doors and windows are locked for extra security. 
  • Lock your door chain and look out the window to see who's there before opening the door. 
  • You can make a quick test call if you have a door sensor in your property, just to make sure they are working. 

Be cautious with decorations: 

  • Arrange decorations to prevent tripping hazards and keep walkways clear. 
  • Avoid using decorations that might obstruct doorways.
  • If your loved one has a non-injurious fall and you require assistance, please press your lifeline and help will be arranged. 

Avoid stranger interactions:

  • If you are alone in your home, try to avoid opening the doors to strangers. 
  • If someone makes you uncomfortable, shut the door and call someone you trust. 
  • Consider displaying a sign 'no trick-or-treating', to let people know that you don't want visitors. 

If you are out trick or treating 

Be respectful:

  • Approach elderly individuals with respect and understanding. 
  • Some people may not want to participate in Halloween festivities and is important to respect their preferences. 

Avoid frightening pranks: 

  • Avoid engaging in pranks or actions that might startle or scare older people. Halloween should be a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone. 

Be patient and understanding: 

  • Understand that some older people may take longer to participate or may have limitations. Be patient, understanding and accommodating of their needs. 

We encourage everyone to be safe and kind so that Halloween can be an enjoyable and inclusive experience for everyone, including the older and vulnerable residents in our communities. 

To find out more about how Delta Wellbeing can support you and your loved ones contact us on 0300 333 2222. Our Delta CONNECT service is available to residents living in Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, and Ceredigion, and it is currently FREE for the first three months (T&Cs apply).