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Halloween advice

We want people to have fun, but we also want them to stay safe and respect those who may not want to join in the celebrations this Halloween.

Here are some tips to help ensure your evening does not turn into a nightmare:

  • all children should be accompanied by an adult when trick-or-treating
  • only go to the houses of people who you know, and who are happy for you to call round
  • never be tempted to go inside someone's house
  • don't call at houses that have 'no trick or treat' posters on show. There may be elderly or vulnerable people living at these addresses who do not feel comfortable speaking to strangers
  • keep to well-lit areas and don't take shortcuts through gardens or alleyways
  • wear bright clothing or reflective strips, and always carry a torch
  • if you’re driving be aware of the increased foot traffic, drive slowly and be vigilant

Please remember Halloween is not an excuse for nuisance and intimidating behaviour. We are issuing a clear warning that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and action will be taken against criminal activity.

Report a concern

Please only dial 999 in a genuine emergency. Halloween is one of the busiest nights of the year so it's really important that you choose the correct way to report a concern to a police.

To report anti-social behaviour, or a crime which is no longer in action, you can call 101.

You can also get in touch via our online webchat  and online reporting portal.

Download our posters

Please note: These posters are not accessible and are desinged for download purposes only.  If you require them in an accessible format, please email

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