Trick or Treating – Halloween Dos and Don’ts

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Trick or Treating – Halloween Dos and Don’ts

Halloween and the tradition of pumpkins, skeletons, spiders, and of course the obligatory trick-or-treating for children (and some adults too).

For many, there is plenty to celebrate when it comes to Halloween, including getting dressed up and trick-or-treating around the local neighbourhood. However, even though you might be in disguise, it is essential to observe the law and be respectful to those that participate in the event, and those that do not. In this article, we look at some of the dos and don’ts of Halloween.

Is Trick or Treating Legal?

Yes, trick or treating is legal in the UK. However, anti-social behaviour around Halloween is a big issue, and police have the powers to deal with this. This might include harassment, disorder, or vandalism.

Is There a Curfew for Trick or Treating?

There is no official curfew for trick or treating, but you may wish to ensure your children are home at a reasonable hour. Any spooky behaviour late at night could be seen as anti-social behaviour, and if your children are aged under 16, you will be liable for any fines incurred.

What Age Do Children Need to Be to Trick or Treat Alone?

The dark and often wet October weather might make trick or treating a chore but sending children out alone can be dangerous. While there is no minimum legal age for a child to go out trick or treating alone, you should ensure they are safe.

Can Children Under 18 Watch an 18-rated Film?

If you have teenagers at home, they might be begging you to watch the latest horror film come Halloween night. It is not illegal to allow a person aged under 18 years old to watch an 18+ rated movie in your home. However, it is illegal for someone aged under 18 to buy, rent, or watch one of these films in the cinema.

Can We Set Off Fireworks at Halloween?

With bonfire night just around the corner, fireworks have become a popular Halloween addition. But there are very specific laws around fireworks, and you should take care to observe them. Fireworks can often become a nuisance on Halloween night. Do not set off fireworks late at night, and they should not be used in a way that could cause harm to a person, animal, or property.

We hope you have a wonderful (and safe) Halloween.

Mike Leeman

Mike is the firms Managing Partner. Prior to that he was the head of the criminal department and has over 25 years experience as Specialist Criminal and Motoring Solicitor.  Mike attended Calday Grange Grammar school on the Wirral and then studied at Sheffield Hallam University followed by the University of Sheffield. Over the years, he has been involved in a number of high profile criminal cases that have had national coverage. He has been the firms managing Partner since 2019.

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