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The best haunts to trick or treat in Ipswich this Halloween

Ipswich First has compiled a list of houses welcoming trick or treaters with the help of Facebook groups Halloween in Ipswich and surrounds and Brisbane Halloween Lovers.  We caught up with Bernadette Stronner – administrator of the Facebook group Halloween in Ipswich and Surrounds – to find out why she enjoys celebrating Halloween.

Bernadette Stronner loves Halloween so much she started a Facebook Group so Ipswich residents would not have to fumble around in the dark trying to find houses that would take trick or treaters.

“My kids’ birthdays are in October so we would double with Halloween to celebrate,” she said.

“We enjoy decorating the house and having trick or treaters come by, it’s just one way to give back to the community.

“It’s fun, it really is. It costs a lot of money but it’s so worth it when you see the look on the kids’ faces.

“They all dress up, there are very few who don’t.”

Bernadette’s children are grown up now but they still help out on Halloween night handing out lollies.

“They dress up and help with the decorations,” she said.

“Last year my son pretended to be a prop and when people came near he would move and they would scream and run.”

Bernadette said more and more people were following the Halloween in Ipswich and Surrounds Facebook page each year.

“People go out of their way to decorate their homes and they don’t ask anything for it,” she said.

“Some people are starting to use the opportunity to ask for donations for locals or farmers.”

After Halloween, Bernadette packs all her decorations away and gets out her Christmas lights.

“I am hoping to enter the Christmas lights competition this year,” she said.

Supporting the local community is a theme for Bernadette who also runs a Christmas in Ipswich Facebook group, Brassall and Ipswich Buy, Sell & Community Group and the Animalistic Ipswich Region Facebook group.

Trick or Treat locations around Ipswich

Barellan Point

525 Junction Road : Wednesday, 30 October and Thursday, 31 October, 6pm until 9pm

Blackstone

85 High Street: Tuesday, 29 October, Wednesday, 30 October and Thursday, 31 October

Booval

16a Dudleigh Street: Thursday, 31 October from 6pm until 9pm

Brassall

6 Kenworth Street: Thursday, 31 October 5pm to 7pm

1 Bottomley Street: Thursday, 31 October, Friday, 1 November, Saturday 7 November from 4pm until 9.30pm

Freya Street: Thursday, 31 October 6pm until 10pm

4 Bulloo Crescent: Thursday, 31 October 5.30pm onwards

60 Aramac Street: Thursday, 31 October 5pm until 9pm

Bundamba

4 Banbury Close: Thursday, 31 October from 4.30pm

Camira

43 Wilson Drive: Thursday, 31 October

Collingwood Park

69 Lawrie Drive: Thursday, 31 October

12 Stack Street: Thursday, 31 October from 6pm until 9pm

27 Pearse Street: Thursday, 31 October

Deebing Heights

11 Currawong Street: Thursday, 31 October from 6pm until 9pm

Flinders View

37 Jonquil Circuit: Thursday, 31 October from 6pm until 8pm

8 Reif Street: Thursday, 31 October from 5pm until lollies run out

Leichardt

1 Gilmore Street: Thursday, 31 October from 5pm till late

18 Huntingdale Street: Friday, 1 November 5.30pm until 9.30pm

Mt Crosby

Emma Holt Court: Thursday, 31 October from 5.30pm until 9pm 

Newtown

26a Lusitania Street: Thursday, 31 October from 4.30pm until 9pm

Raceview

14 Mark Court: Thursday, 31 October from 4pm until 9pm

6 Brighton Street: Thursday, 31 October from 5pm until lollies run out

36 Mahogany Street: Thursday, 31 October from 5.30pm until 9.30pm

5 Lisa Court: Thursday, 31 October and Friday, 1 November

8 Raceview Street: Thursday, 31 October

Hilldean Drive: Thursday, 31 October

20 Malonga Street: Thursday, 31 October from 6pm until lollies run out

Redbank

8 Bloodwood Place: Thursday, 31 October

Redbank Plains

Norton Sands Drive: Thursday, 31 October

Milford Street: Thursday, 31 October

7 Gilgai Court: Thursday, 31 October from 4.30pm

Sadliers Crossing

20 Tiger Street: Thursday, 31 October from 5pm

Silkstone

8 Rodney Street: Wednesday, 30 October from 6.30pm until 9.30pm and Thursday, 31 October from 6.30pm until 9.30pm

6 Russell Street: Thursday, 31 October from 5pm until 8pm

South Ripley

Tamborine Street: Thursday, 31 October, Friday, 1 November and Saturday, 2 November 5.30pm until 9.30pm

Springfield

1 Zen Court: Thursday, 31 October

Springfield Lakes

1 Zen Court: Thursday, 31 October

12 Moonbeam Street: Thursday, 31 October from 4pm until 8pm

Wulkuraka

33 Caspian Court: Thursday, 31 October, Friday, 1 November and Saturday, 2 November from 5.30pm until 9pm

POLICE TIPS FOR TRICK OR TREATERS

  • If you are heading out trick or treating this Halloween, Queensland Police have some tips to keep kids safe.
  • Be accompanied by a mother or father monster at all times (or another responsible witch, ghost or vampire); Black cats love to slink around, but you should walk, not run, between houses and stick to the footpath rather than the road.
  • Black cats don’t want to be seen, and for good reason, but if you wear black, it will reduce your visibility to passing motorists;
  • Never enter a stranger’s house, even if they have invited you in after knocking on their door; and
  • Consider joining your friends on your neighbourhood adventure – there is safety in numbers.
  • Trick or treating late into the night is very scary. Go home and dig into your cavity starter pack – especially on a school night.

Not everyone wants to celebrate Halloween. Queensland Police and Neighbourhood Watch have created downloadable posters you can display on your door to thwart the witches and wizards or to welcome them.

Don’t forget: Say thank you and consider taking some lollies to replenish supplies.

Ipswich First

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