Over the last few years, Halloween has become an increasingly popular celebration for children, families and young people. But It’s important to think of those who may not like Halloween, and we should try not to have fun at the expense of others in our communities.
If you are celebrating Halloween this year, then please consider the elderly and more vulnerable members of your community who may find having strangers call at their door a frightening experience. You may come across someone displaying ‘no trick or treat’ posters; please don’t call at these homes as they do not wish to be disturbed.
If you or someone you know would like to deter or welcome ‘Trick or Treaters’ during these celebrations, print and display a poster like this one by Cheshire Constabulary.
Some safety tips for Halloween:
Residents are advised to be vigilant when opening the door to strangers or unexpected callers:
- If you feel unsafe, don’t open your door unless you are sure who is there. Use your spyhole or look out of a window, and use your door chain if you do decide to open your door.
- Have a contact number of a close relative or good neighbour to hand by your telephone, just in case you need to alert them of any concerns.
- If you are happy to welcome Trick or Treaters, switch on your outside light and remove any trip hazards. If you use candle-lit lanterns outside your front door, make sure that they are far enough out of the way so that costumes can't accidentally catch fire.
- If you are driving during Halloween celebrations, remember that excited children may be crossing the road unexpectedly, so slow down in residential areas and take extra care.
- And if you are part of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, let your coordinator know that you will be on your own at Halloween. If you are a coordinator, do identity people in your scheme that may be vulnerable and offer them reassurance.
Local community officers will often be on patrol to deter any anti-social behaviour and will be quick to disperse groups of people who are found to be causing a nuisance. To report anti-social behaviour, call 101. However, if you feel threatened, or see a crime taking place, then call 999.
And finally - we hope you all have a great Halloween!