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Police have issued ten tips to ensure everyone has a happy and safe Halloween - and a poster to keep ghosts and ghouls away.

hallloween posterWiltshire Police have launched a 'Sorry... No trick, or treat this Halloween' campaign which encourages residents, particularly elderly or vulnerable people who do not want to be bothered by trick-or-treaters to place a poster on the front door or window of their home.

Alongside this, police have also released ten top tips to make sure every one has a happy, safe and legal Halloween.

Top ten tips

  • Always trick and treat with an adult
  • Only visit a house where you or the people you are with know who lives there
  • Do not knock on doors where there is a sign saying 'Sorry no trick or treat here please'
  • Stay in areas that are well lit with street lights. Take a torch with you just in case
  • Do not enter any house - stay on the door step
  • Don't vandalise anything or throw things like eggs and flour - this may be classed as criminal damage. This type of behaviour will not be tolerated and you could end up getting into trouble with the police.
  • Stay with the people you are with - do not go off on your own
  • Unexpected callers at the door can cause distress for some people, particularly the elderly. For people who do not want to receive 'Trick or Treat' callers a poster has been produced displaying, in large font 'Sorry, no trick or treat here please.' The poster should be displayed in a prominent position either on the door or front window
  • Do not talk to strangers on the street

Parents/carers should ensure their children act sensibly


You can download the poster to print out HERE