Staying Safe While In the Spooky Spirit

Young girl in halloween costume does scary pose in front of orange background with the words 'lets get sppoky'

Whilst we all love a good scare and enjoy the kooky, spooky and altogether ooky-ness of Halloween, the safety of children is paramount. Although not everyone celebrates Halloween, it is becoming increasingly popular to take your monsters and mummies out on the streets, demanding sweet treats!

To help you indicate whether you would enjoy a knock on the door come October 31, the Queensland Police Service has created these handy posters which you can use to thwart the witches and wizards or invite them in!

You can download a colour copy of the trick or treaters welcome here poster here, or a black and white copy here.

You can also download a copy of the no thanks poster here.

To make sure your Halloween doesn’t become a nightmare, trick or treaters should:

  • Be accompanied by an adult monster at all times (or a responsible witch, ghost or vampire);
  • Always walk, not run, between houses and stick to the footpath rather than the road;
  • Wear bright colours to enhance your visibility to passing motorists;
  • Never enter a stranger’s house, even if they have invited you in after knocking on their door;
  • Consider joining your friends on a neighbourhood adventure – there is safety in numbers for little witches and ghouls.
  • Trick or treating late into the night is very scary. Head home at a reasonable time and dig into your treats.

Current COVID restrictions in Queensland have relaxed. As such, locals can expect to be allowed to trick or treat provided they follow the health advice set out by the Queensland government.

COVID-safe tips if you plan to hand out treats

  • If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 over Halloween, stay home, don’t receive Halloween visitors and get tested immediately
  • If you are self-isolating, don’t answer the door to trick-or-treaters
  • Make it a front-yard event, not at the front-door of your house. Keep your celebrations outdoors and get creative in decorating the front yard
  • Only hand out individually wrapped treats 
  • Don’t use communal lolly bowls. Consider other ways of distributing treats such as hanging them individually on your fence, front gate or up your driveway
  • Offer hand sanitiser at your front gate or fence
  • You may wish to avoid people knocking on your door by putting up a sign that says “We are home but due to COVID-19, we are distancing. Please take one, Happy Halloween”
  • Remember, you can only have 30 people on your property at one time.

COVID-safe tips if you plan to trick-or-treat

  • If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 this Halloween, stay home and give trick-or-treating a miss this year. Get tested immediately
  • Keep it local by staying in your suburb rather than going to well-known “treat streets” that attract crowds
  • Celebrate outside, don’t go to people’s front door
  • Stay in small household groups (for example a supervising adult and children from the same household) rather than groups of young people together. Remember, no more than 20 people can gather outside in a public place
  • Stay 1.5 meters away from people you don’t live with
  • Only take treats that are individually wrapped
  • Use a disposable bag to collect your treats, and dispose of it appropriately afterwards
  • Don’t share your treats with others from different households
  • Don’t share costumes or costume face masks
  • Carry hand sanitiser with you and use it often, especially after touching common surfaces.

Be Safe and Happy Halloween!

Say BOO & Scary On! – Smithfield and PakMag’s epic Halloween Competition 

Start your spooky celebrations with Smithfield Shopping Centre & Pakmag!

Pop into the centre in your best Halloween costume on Saturday 31st October, capture your spooky selfie at our Haunt Wall and instantly win a free craft bag.* Share it on Instagram using #smithfieldshoppingcentre #pakmag to enter in our Best Dressed competition. Our top 3 best dressed voted by the public will each win** a Family Super Saver Fun Pass, valued at $105.00 each!

Learn more on this event’s Facebook Page.