For most people Halloween is a bit of harmless fun but for some members of the community unexpected knocks on their door can be quite scary, especially if they live alone.
When you are out trick or treating remember that some of the older or more vulnerable members of your neighbourhood will find this night quite frightening. Here are some do’s and don’ts to ensure everyone has a good night:
- Only visit houses where you or your friends know who lives there.
- Only visit areas where there are streetlights – take a torch with you just in case.
- Stay in a small group, never go on your own.
- Ensure your children are supervised and remind them to respect others.
- If there is a sign saying ‘No trick or treat here’….don’t knock.
- Never talk to strangers.
- Never enter someone’s house always stay on the doorstep.
- Trick or treat after 8pm as some people do not want to be disturbed and families will have small children who will be in bed.
- Be careful not to frighten elderly or vulnerable people.
Residents who prefer not to answer the door to trick or treaters are encouraged to download the ‘No trick or treat’ poster and display it on their front door. Posters can also be picked up from various locations including South Bucks District Council and your local Police Station.
There will be extra police resources on duty during the Halloween period to ensure that inappropriate behaviour is challenged and resolved. Shops are asked to restrict the sale of flour and eggs during Halloween to under-21s.
South Bucks District Councillor Anita Cranmer, Portfolio Holder for Community says: “While some people don’t mind having ghosts and ghouls knocking on their door asking for treats, for others it can be frightening. These posters are a simple but effective way to prevent unexpected callers.
Most children or teenagers are just getting involved in the Halloween celebrations and don’t mean any harm and will be friendly.”
Anyone affected by the few individuals who use Halloween as an excuse to commit antisocial behaviour are advised to call Thames Valley Police on 101, however in an emergency, or if a crime is in progress dial 999.