Poster campaign launched to reduce stress for elderly residents visited by trick-or-treaters

PUBLISHED: 17:00 28 October 2018

Devon and Cornwall Police have reminded trick or treaters to respect others this Halloween.

Devon and Cornwall Police have reminded trick or treaters to respect others this Halloween.


A campaign has launched to encourage resident who do not want to be trick-or-treated to display posters on their front doors or windows.

The scheme has been introduced by Devon and Cornwall Police to reduce the chance of vulnerable or elderly people becoming distressed by strangers knocking on their doors during the evening.

A spokesman said: “If you are going trick or treating this Halloween have a spooktastic time and be safe - but remember not everyone wants you to call at their home.

“You may be dressing up as a spooky ghost, a wicked witch or a big orange pumpkin but remember to make sure it is a fun night by staying safe.”

Those who do not want to be bothered by trick-or-treaters can print off a poster created by police, which informs people they do not want to be disturbed.

There are six tips for young people at Halloween:

• Always be accompanied by an adult when you are trick-or-treating.

• You should only go to houses of people that 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 short cuts 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).

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