Enjoy Halloween but not at the expense of anyone else - that’s the message from Sussex Police.
Police say that one way to deter unwanted trick or treaters on October 31, this year is to print off the ‘No Trick or Treaters please’ posters.
If you are looking to take part in the Halloween celebrations then you can also print off the trick or treaters welcome poster. They are available on the Sussex Police Posters and Leaflets page.
There has been an increase in the last few years of children, families and young people especially all participating in Halloween fun.
But Police stress it is important they do not to have fun at the expense of others.
“Please especially consider the elderly and more vulnerable in the community who may get worried having strangers calling at their door,” say the Police.
“If you see someone displaying a no trick or treat poster, please do not call at those homes as people do not wish to be disturbed. Just be careful who you scare on Halloween. This message will also be used on social media #becarefulwhoyouscare #halloween.”
Some safety tips for Halloween:
Young children should always be accompanied by an adult.
Consider calling only at houses where you know the occupants, rather than strangers.
Respect the privacy and wishes of people who do not want to take part in trick or treat - observe the ‘No Trick or Treaters please’ posters people may display in doors or windows.
Residents are also advised to continue to be vigilant when opening the door to strangers or unexpected callers.
As well as offering free posters, officers will be out 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.
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