The period around Halloween and Bonfire Night is a time associated with parties and family fun, but for some it can be a very frightening time of year.
Many individuals can be left frightened and intimidated by youngsters calling at their home and asking for ‘Trick or Treat’.
To help people feel safe in their homes the Community Safety and Wellbeing team have designed a poster for people to display in their homes over the Halloween period.
Hard copies are available in all West Sussex libraries for customers to take home or you can download a copy below.
Trick or Treat Poster
If you need more copies or would like any further information please contact email@example.com.
While this poster should help to deter unwanted callers, there are other things you can do which can also help minimise any upset:
1. Use a spy hole or window to check who is at your door before answering.
2. Don’t open your door to anyone you don’t know.
3. Arrange for a friend or relative to visit on Halloween so you have some company. Possibly enjoy Halloween as a group? Think about asking family members, elderly friends and neighbours whether they want to participate in celebrations from one of your homes or at a community event by helping to decorate, maybe dress up and hand out treats.
4. If you must open your door, put on a safety chain first, if possible.
5. If you have taken part, BUT have run out of sweets and goodies to give to visitors, put a sign on your door that says “Sorry, no more treats”.
6. Keep your front door area and hallway well lit, and if you wish to use candle light please use flameless LED tea lights and candles as they’re much safer and don’t present the same fire risk.
7. Keep your front door area clear to avoid anyone tripping or hurting themselves.
8. If your child is planning to go out during the Halloween or Bonfire period make sure you know where they are and how to contact them.
9. And if things do get out of hand, you can report a crime online at www.sussex.police.uk or call 101.