Sharable Tips to Help Communities Celebrate Halloween


Sharable Tips to Help Communities Celebrate Halloween  

Asset Building with Trick-or-Treaters: Tips for Neighbors

Halloween seems to bring out the kid in people of all ages, making it the perfect opportunity to build positive connections in neighborhoods and communities.

If you work in a school or community program, you can share the following tips to help trick-or-treating be a positive, asset-building experience for children and adults in your community.

Eleven Halloween Tips for Building Family and Neighborhood Connections

  • If you don’t know the kids who come to your door, ask their names and grades in school.
  • Compliment (or get scared by) their costumes.
  • Ask the child a question or talk to them briefly before you give a treat.
  • Turn on a light so children will be safe.
  • Intervene if trick-or-treaters become disrespectful or damage property.
  • Invite kids with parents you know to come in for a short visit. (Don’t invite kids you don’t know inside.)
  • Offer to take a busy parent’s child or children out along with yours.
  • Share treats that reflect your culture or values.
  • Get together with neighbors to decorate together.
  • Remember to greet kids the next day . . . when they don’t have costumes on!
  • Consider making a special treat bag (with extra treats or extra surprises) for the children who live nearest to you. When these children arrive, make a fuss about them coming and say you have something extra special for them.

Is your school or program hosting a Halloween event? Download a handout with these tips to pass out to parents and other caring adults.


Oct 31 – Bullying and the ByStander

The TYPS Mental Health Education Series continues with this month’s topic showcasing Bullying & the Bystander. This presentation will be taking place at TYPS Youth Centre in Almonte ( on Thursday, October 31st from 11:00am-1:00pm with a focus on bullying and harassment, strategies on talking to youth about bullying as well interactive activities designed by the Canadian Red Cross.

Light refreshments will be provided

Lanark Snowsuit Fund

The Snowsuit program is open to any child or youth who needs warm winter outerwear. The program not only alleviates some financial stress for parents, but helps with self-confidence issues for the children – having an appropriate snowsuit and enabling them to participate in winter outdoor activities.   This year will mark the 28th anniversary of the Snowsuit Drive in Lanark county. Any family needi…ng winter clothing should contact Jeanette McGeough at Family & Children’s Services of Leeds, Lanark and Grenville (formerly Children’s Aid Society). She can be reached at 613-498-2100 Ext. 4187, or by email at
The first distribution date of snowsuits is in November, so people should call soon