Halloween is traditionally a time of harmless fun, however each year the Police deal with a number of Halloween-related incidents involving criminal damage and anti-social behaviour. Warwickshire Police have produced a flyer that local residents can display in their windows asking trick-or-treaters to stay away. Officers hope that trick or treaters will honour the ‘do not disturb’ notice and move on when they see one displayed.
When venturing out in fancy dress this Halloween the Pumpkin Father asks you to kindly consider the following:
1. Always travel in groups on Halloween. Never travel alone, try to stick to reasonable sized groups and stay with the crowd.
2. It’s a good idea to take a responsible adult with you if you decide to go ‘trick or treating’ but if not then always tell a parent or guardian where you will be and when you will be back.
3. Make a route around familiar well-lit areas only and stick to it.
4. Take a mobile phone and some change for a pay phone in case of emergency.
5. Carry a torch with you at all times and try to stick to busy areas or main roads.
6. Never enter a stranger’s house to ‘trick or treat’. Stay on the doorstep.
7. Take care when crossing roads. Beware of costumes that are all black and if in doubt wear some reflective patches or carry lit pumpkins or torches.
8. Make sure your costumes are not too long and there is nothing you will trip over.
9. Masks may obscure your visibility, be careful when crossing roads and be aware of where you are.
10. Be careful what you get yourself into if ‘tricking’. Tricks can go wrong, people can be aggressive and destructive tricks will land you in a lot of trouble. And most of all, be sensible!