In response, Police have issued advice to children and their parents to be mindful that some of the more vulnerable or elderly members of the community do not wish to participate in Halloween activities and in fact may feel intimidated by groups of people calling at their doors.
- If your child is going outside in a costume – make sure they are wearing reflective clothing or add reflective tape to their clothes.
- Carry a torch and consider road safety at all times.
- If your child is going out trick or treating – make sure they go out in a group, preferably accompanied by an adult.
- Older children should let you know where they are going and what time they will be back.
- Children should carry a mobile phone in a pocket or bag.
- Make sure your children know not to enter anyone’s house or to accept lifts from strangers.
Local shops are also displaying posters, reminding shoppers that eggs or flour will not be sold to under-16s in the days leading up to 31st October.
A poster has been created to tell those trick or treating that you do not wish to be disturbed.
You can download the poster here.