HALLOWE'EN is a lot of fun for children but it can be distressing and intimidating for some people.
If you're going trick or treating please respect and consider others and follow these top tips to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time:
Go alone - trick or treating is more fun and safer if you go in a small group with friends and family.
Go into houses - stay on the doorstep where the responsible adult can see you.
Play pranks that may damage property - this could result in arrest and a criminal record.
Demand money or intimidate people - Hallowe'en can be a night that some residents dread, so be respectful and polite.
Throw eggs or flour - it's a criminal offence.
Look out for Operation Treacle posters - These will let you know if trick-or-treaters are welcome at a house.
Take extra care crossing roads - more accidents happen to children in the dark.
Go with an adult - get a responsible grown-up to go with your group to help in case you have any problems.
Dress to be seen - wear light, reflective clothes or carry a torch so that drivers and your responsible adult can see you.
Respect people - be polite, don't go out too late, ring or knock only once, and be prepared to take "no" for an answer.
Hallowe'en is quickly followed by Bonfire Night. Please make sure you enjoy yourself, but remain safe and attend organised firework displays.
Visit www.safe4autumn.com for Hallowe'en posters and other information on Operation Treacle including details of organised fireworks displays and the chance to win a iPad.
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