Be safe, be seen this Halloween

31 October 2018, 10:52


As the witching hour approaches, our emergency services say they want all little ghosts and ghouls to stay safe this Halloween.

If you’re going trick-or-treating this Halloween, have fun and be safe - that's the advice from Devon and Cornwall police.

Here are some top tips if you're heading out with the little ones this evening.

  • Only go to the houses of people 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)

  • Be careful of lantern flames igniting costumes. Ideally, use battery powered LED candles.

If you don't want people calling at your house this evening, then our police have a poster for you to download and put in your window.

Bob Bunney from the Devon & Cornwall Police Prevention Department said “We say to anyone who’s going trick-or-treating to think about other people, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, as they may get worried or even frightened if strangers are continually calling at their door during the evening. 

“We don’t want to discourage anyone or spoil anyone’s fun, but we ask people not to call at homes displaying the ‘Sorry, no trick or treat’ poster” and not to be persistent if your requests are declined".

You can download the poster from