Hosting Trick or Treaters

Information for participating houses

Thank you for being involved in this community event that is LOVED by so many kids and adults alike.  Here you will find some Frequently Asked Questions about Halloween in Paddington, Brisbane.

What time do the kids come knocking?

Trick or Treat usually runs from 5pm until about 7pm. Older kids may still be out after dark, whereas younger ones will complete their route before the sun goes down.

What if I’m not home from work until a bit later than 5pm?

You can write your start time on your orange balloon or ribbon (provided by Paddington Halloween with the letterbox drop) and the kids will return to your place a little later.

You could also print the picture below and write your times on the front and secure it to your letterbox.

TorT Welsome between

How will the kids know to knock on my door?

Display your orange balloon/ribbon (from the letterbox drop) somewhere near your letterbox – or use your own halloween decorations to show your participation.

If you live in an apartment, the kids might not know where to go…make sure you use a marker to your front door and park the orange things provided at your letterbox.

If your address is not adjacent to Hayward Street, let us know by email or facebook messenger, and we’ll include your location on our website and social media pages so that locals will be able to find you.

What if I definitely don’t want to participate?

That’s OK! If you’re in the trick or treat route and you don’t display an orange balloon or streamers, then the kids won’t call on you. You can keep your verandah light off too.

When should I put out my orange balloon/ribbon out?

The best time is lunchtime on the 31st. Many parents will do a drive by during the day to get an idea of who is participating, so get them up as early as you can. If you’d like to borrow a couple of props from us, please email paddingtonhalloween@gmail.com, and if you’re on the trick or treat route, we’ll help you out.

If you have your own decorations it’s usually acceptable to put up your decorations about one week before halloween, and to take them down promptly at the end.

How many children can I expect?

Last year we had between 300 and 400 children involved in the trick or treat and haunted house. Numbers are looking like at least that again this year. Don’t worry! There’s no need to provide for all of them!

How many lollies/treats should I buy?

It would be normal to account for one or two wrapped lollies per child. They don’t need to grab a handful each!  This time of year, supermarkets often stock large packets of individually wrapped and themed lollies which are perfect and cheap to buy. We have also given out small packets of chips as an alternative choice. Remember even though there may be 300 or so children participating, they may not all make it to your house.

Can I make my own treats?

No. Parents appreciate the gesture, but it is not appropriate to make your own edible treats for safety reasons. non-edible treats are OK, but make sure the kids know they can’t eat them if they look even a little bit like food!

I don’t want to give out lollies, what else can I do?

There are many alternatives, starting with savoury foods likes chips and crackers or even biscuits and fruit. Non-food alternatives include things like stickers, small toys, playdough, small bouncy balls, colouring pages, and pencils.

What happens if I run out of treats?

Please don’t feel like you need to cater for the huge number of kids – when you run out, that’s it. When you run out of treats, it would be customary to remove your orange balloon and ribbon, to turn off your verandah light and go inside. You could also come and visit us at the haunted house and say Hi!

If you have decorations up that can’t be removed or switched off easily, you can always display the printable sign below.

Sorry! We're out of treats

Will the kids play tricks on me too?

Most of the kids don’t play tricks, but some of the older kids might have something planned, so look out!

Should I scare the kids?

Well, you’ll need to choose your audience for this one. Generally speaking, you would try to appeal to a wider (and younger) audience by keeping your decorations friendly & spooky rather than terrifying and gory.  The element of surprise will get them all squealing and laughing!

Should I dress up or decorate?

Dress-ups are always welcome and appreciated by everyone involved! A lot of parents will leave the dressing up to the kids and that’s perfectly acceptable too.

Paddington Halloween will provide you with something orange to display if you are in the trick or treat area, but if you have your own decorations it really adds to the festivities. Please feel free to add decorations of your own to your house. Easy and cheap decorations can be purchased from place like Woolworths, coles, Overflow Jindalee, Target, Big W and various party shops.

I hear you’re fundraising – how can I donate?

This year, Paddington Halloween are raising money for Rare Cancers Australia. All money raised goes towards improving the lives of Australians living with rare and less common cancers. During our Haunted House event we will be accepting gold-coin donations. If you can’t get away to drop in at number 40 Hayward Street,  you can also donate via our fundraising page by clicking on the donation button below.

Donate here to Rare Cancers Australia
Scare For Rare donation button

I’ve taken some photos of the event how do I tag you?

Instagram #paddingtonhalloween

Facebook @paddingtonhalloween

Email photos to paddingtonhalloween@gmail.com

Where can I get more information?

Your event organizers:  Kerry & John Forsythe

40 Hayward Street, Paddington QLD