Police give out fun and safety Halloween advice

Devon & Cornwall Police is encouraging those who celebrate at Halloween to make it an enjoyable and safe time for everyone.

If you’re going trick-or-treating this Halloween, have fun and be safe, but remember not everyone wants you to call at their home.

The ‘Sorry, no trick or treat this Halloween’ campaign encourages members of the public who do not want to be bothered by trick-or-treaters to download and print an advisory poster and place it in the front door or window of their homes.

Bob Bunney from the Devon & Cornwall Police Prevention Department said: “In recent years we’ve seen an increase in the number of people participating in Halloween fun.

“We say to anyone who’s going trick-or-treating to think about other people, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, as they may get worried or even frightened if strangers are continually calling at their door during the evening.

“We don’t want to discourage anyone or spoil anyone’s fun, but we ask people not to call at homes displaying the ‘Sorry, no trick or treat’ poster” and not to be persistent if your requests are declined.

You can download the poster from www.dc.police.uk/halloween

To have a fun and safe Halloween, follow these top tips:

Adults: always accompany your children when they are trick-or-treating.


  • Only go to the houses of people you know and who are happy for you to call.
  • Stay safe, keep to places that you know and are well lit. Do not take shortcuts through gardens, alleyways or parks.
  • Watch out for traffic – drivers might not see you.
  • If you are wearing a mask make sure that you can see where you are going and are aware of your surroundings.
  • Carry a torch and a fully charged mobile phone (if you have one)
  • Be careful of lantern flames igniting costumes. Ideally, use battery powered LED candles.

For more information and posters, including one which says it’s OK for trick-or-treaters to come to your house, visit our website: www.dc.police.uk/halloween

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