Welcome to this themed guide, packed with information on local events, useful tips for pet care, safe trick or treating and security - plus a few local ghost stories to help get you in to the spirit of things.

What's On

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Pet Care

Pets can be distressed by the noise and fuss. Here are some handy tips to help keep them safe and happy.

  • Keep your pets indoors if at all possible. They may be startled by loud noises or confused by people in costume - especially masks.
  • Don't put a costume on your pet. Many pets find this uncomfortable and stressful.
  • Don't take your pets trick or treating. They may get confused, run off or even attack someone.
  • Pets are sensitive to loud noises and can be startled by loud bangs. One suggestion is to place your pet in a room with a radio on as this will help cover any sudden noises.
  • Keep sweets away from your pets! Some sweets are toxic to animals.
  • Be careful with your decorations. Pets will pull at them. Also, be mindful if you are using real candles.

Trick or Treat

Everything you teach your children about personal safety and respect for others is tested on All Hallows' Eve.

  • Make sure costumes are flame resistant before dressing your children up. Also, make sure their vision isn't obscured. 
  • Try to make sure your children's costume has some form of reflective material so that they can been seen when crossing roads etc.
  • Children should always be accompanied by a parent or guardian. They should never be let call to houses on their own.
  • If your child has a mobile number, make sure you know it - just in case they get separated from the group.
  • It is better for children to only call to the homes of their friends and family. 
  • Going out early is safer for all - home by 8.
  • Remind children to be polite and to accept that some people will not open their doors.
  • Always check your child's sweets before they tuck in. It's highly unlikely that any will have been tampered with but it has happened elsewhere and its better to be sure.  

Safety & Security

This season can bring out the darker side in some people. Don’t let one or two individuals ruin it for you.

  • Keep an eye on your elderly / vulnerable neighbours on Halloween.
  • Respect each other - person and property. 
  • Remember that fireworks are illegal in the Irish Republic. That said, some will undoubtedly be used locally - if that's you, use them safely. 
  • If you spot anyone throwing fireworks at people or property, REPORT THEM IMMEDIATELY.
  • If you experience or witness any form of antisocial behaviour, please call 044 938 4000 (Mullingar control room) or 086 858 3049 (local garda patrol) immediately. 

The Ghosts Of Delvin

It should not come as a surprise to learn that our village and it's neighbours have one or two ghostly inhabitants of their own. Thank you to the brave souls who shared their tales of our haunted heritage. Further information taken from the book "The Great Delvin" by Hannah Fitzsimons.