As Halloween approaches, parents are asked to ensure that children planning to go “trick or treating” follow advice from Hampshire Constabulary to protect themselves and respect others.
Many young children and teenagers enjoy dressing up and going out to ‘trick or treat’ their neighbours and friends.
But for others, including some older people, Halloween can mean an anxious night worrying if groups of children will arrive on their doorstep to play tricks on them.
As a result, Hampshire Constabulary and the Safer North Hampshire* community safety team are reminding people to comply with the following advice before they go out trick or treating:
• Go alone – it’s more fun and safer if you go in a small group of family or friends.
• Go into any houses.
• Throw eggs or flour, which could either frighten people, damage property or, in the worst scenario, risk someone’s life who may have an allergy to eggs.
• Be rude or abusive.
• Take extra care when crossing roads.
• Only travel in familiar, well-lit areas and stay with friends.
• Ensure costumes/accessories are fire-resistant.
• Use reflective tape or glow-sticks.
• Only knock on doors of homes displaying Halloween decorations.
For those people who want to deter night-time callers on Halloween night, a poster is available to put up at home – download it at www.safernh.co.uk. Members of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme should let their coordinator know they will be alone at Halloween. Coordinators should identify people in their schemes that may be vulnerable, and offer them reassurance.
Anyone with any concerns about suspicious or antisocial behaviour on Halloween night is urged to contact Hampshire Constabulary on 101.