Cherwell issue advice for a safe and eco-friendly Halloween

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Cherwell District Council(CDC) have released a number of guidelines and advice so residents can enjoy all the festivities of Halloween.

Cherwell District Council is encouraging everyone to have fun during Halloween, whether they take part in the festivities or not. CDC is reinforcing this sentiment with some simple safety and recycling messages to help everyone stay safe and have fun.

The advice includes information on party planning, safe trick or treating, and how to make the most of waste and recycling services.

Cllr Tony Ilott, Cherwell’s lead member for public protection, said: “I encourage everyone who’s planning a Halloween party to give their neighbours advance warning and keep noise down to a civilised level.

“I am also keen for parents to accompany trick-or-treating kids. It is a fun opportunity to work on costumes together, but also a chance to reinforce lessons about planning a safe route and how to behave around strangers.

“Above all, we want to make sure that people stay safe and that tricks don’t spill over into anti-social behaviour.

“Pumpkin lanterns and bobbing for apples are other traditional Halloween activities which parents can use to teach their children about how to use up leftovers and how to compost using the council’s brown bin service.”

Cherwell’s partners at Love Food, Hate Waste, have a website full of information to help people save money and reduce waste when party planning. This includes portion guidelines and leftover recipes for the insides of carved-out pumpkins.

Alternatively, pumpkin leftovers and other food waste can be scraped into the brown bin for composting, while empty glass bottles can be taken to any of the 100-plus bottle banks in the district.

To read Love Food, Haste Waste’s leftover pumpkin recipes click here.

To read Thames Valley Police’s advice on staying safe this Halloween click here.