Children all over Camden are preparing to put on their scariest costumes this Halloween.
The NSW State Police have reminded trick-or-treaters to have fun but remember to stay safe during this year’s festivities.
Chief Superintendent Brad Shephard released guidelines last Friday to ensure that children and their parents are well informed about the best ways to participate in Halloween activities over the weekend.
“With the increasing popularity of children participating in ‘trick or treating’ activities, it is safest for children to remain in groups and only approach houses in daylight,” Chief Superintendant Shepherd said.
“Younger children should always be supervised by a parent, carer or responsible adult at all times.
“It is important to recognise that not everyone celebrates Halloween each year – so it is best to stick to houses with decorations on their properties.”
More homes than ever within the Camden area have set up haunted houses to create an all sensory experience for trick-or-treaters.
Local haunted house owner, Tony Kennedy says that even though he is looking for that wow-factor, he has made sure that his hand-made props are safe for children to interact with.
“With the electric chair that I built, I used a sander as the motor which sends vibrations through the chair—to make it feel somewhat real, but without the electrocution,” Mr Kennedy said.
However, Mr Kennedy does recommend that children proceed with caution as they enter his ‘chop shop’ at the rear of his property as it is not suitable for children who scare
“It has feet hanging from the roof, fingers in jars and props that come to life when people enter the shed,” he said.
Despite the safety precautions taken by some residents to ensure their set ups are child-friendly, some parents believe that it is not safe enough.
Mother of two, Kirsty Fairbairn believes that its dangerous for young children to roam the streets at night with the looming threat of stranger danger.
“You don’t know who’s out there,” she said.
“My kids could walk to the front door and something terrible could happen.”
With Halloween customs calling trick-or-treaters to approach a stranger’s door to collect lollies, NSW State Police stress the importance of children being aware of their surroundings whilst remembering to never enter into someone’s home, even if invited in.