Halloween is set to be bigger than ever this year. People in the UK now spend more on Halloween than they do on Valentine’s Day. Tesco last year sold around 3 million pumpkins.
Whether you enjoy the spooky events or like to keep your distance, there’s a legal side to Halloween activities that’s good to know.
1. Trick-or-treating: Is it ok?
People in Britain can’t agree about trick-or-treating. Millions do it every Halloween, but 45 per cent see it as an “unwelcome American cultural import”, a 2015 YouGov poll found.
- There’s no legal minimum age limit for a child to go out on their own. But be careful. Find out more from the NSPCC.
- Trick-or-treating is not illegal. But the police have powers to deal with anti-social behaviour. Learn more at Age UK.
2. Horror movies rated 18+: Can under-18s watch them?
Whether you’re a horror film fan or not, there’s no denying they can make big money at the box office.
- Films classified as 18+ are suitable only for adults.
- No one younger than 18 is allowed to watch 18+ rated films in a cinema, or rent or buy copies of them.
- These controls do not apply to watching 18+ rated movies in your home. Find out more from the British Board of Film Classification.
3. Are your Halloween goods faulty?
It doesn’t matter if it’s a dodgy zombie outfit or a pair of vampire fangs that don’t work. If you buy faulty goods, consumer rights protect you.
- The law says goods you buy must be of satisfactory quality, fit for purpose, and as described when you buy them.
- Act quickly to get a full refund. Find out more from Which?