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Halloween advice for residents

  • You have the right to say no to trick or treaters.
  • If you do not wish to take part, display a “Sorry no trick or treaters” poster (often available to download from your local police or local authority website) and do not open the door.
  • Do not open the door to anyone you do not know.
  • Use a spy hole or window to see who is at your door before answering and don’t answer to anyone you don’t know.
  • If you open the door, always use the door chain.

Safety tips for trick or treaters

  • Don’t let the excitement of the night cause you to forget the basics of personal safety – don’t talk to strangers and stay in well lit areas and make sure you are visible.
  • Never trick or treat alone – always go with an adult.
  • Only go to houses where you or your friends know the residents and let them know what time you plan to call.
  • Do not knock on doors where there is a sign saying “Do not disturb” or “Sorry no trick or treat”.
  • Don’t behave in a way that could get you in trouble with the Police – such as throwing eggs or flour, or setting off fireworks in a public place.
  • If you are under 18, you will be breaking the law if you buy fireworks or carry them in the street or park.
  • Never throw fireworks or put them in your pocket – you could hurt yourself or someone else.
  • Trick or treating may seem like harmless fun... but it can be terrifying for elderly or vulnerable people.
  • Families with children may not welcome trick or treaters late in the evening when their children are in bed.
  • Trick or treating is meant to be a bit of fun for children and not meant to cause harm or distress to anyone.