Have fun but stay safe at Halloween

Flinders Founders Halloween Party, Donington Community Centre, Town Dam Lane, 'Tiaa Warren carves pumpkins ANL-151025-161351001
Flinders Founders Halloween Party, Donington Community Centre, Town Dam Lane, 'Tiaa Warren carves pumpkins ANL-151025-161351001

Have fun but keep safe and be considerate to others - that is the Halloween message from Sussex Police.

A police spokesman said: “There has been an increase in the last few years of children, families and young people especially all participating in Halloween fun.

“But it important they do not to have fun at the expense of others. Please especially consider the elderly and more vulnerable in the community who may get worried having strangers calling at their door.

“Halloween can be an unsettling time for many people, especially elderly people and those who live alone.

“As well as offering advice, officers will be out on patrol to deter any anti social behaviour and will be quick to disperse groups of people who are found to be causing a nuisance.”

Police are offering free posters, which can be printed off from the Sussex Police website which can be displayed to indicate whether trick or treaters would be welcome or not.

Police have also issued safety tip for those taking part in trick or treat and residents.

* Young children should always be accompanied by an adult.

* Consider calling only at houses where you know the occupants, rather than strangers.

* Respect the privacy and wishes of people who do not want to take part in trick or treat - observe the ‘No Trick or Treaters please’ posters people may display in doors or windows.

* Residents are also advised to continue to be vigilant when opening the door to strangers or unexpected callers.

Children are also advised to take extra care if using candles in pumpkins.

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