Enjoy Halloween… safely

Written by on October 25, 2017

Enjoy Halloween fun, safely! Warns Swale Borough Council

Halloween is just around the corner, and the “trick or treaters” will soon be out on the borough’s streets.

Most are friendly and simply getting involved in the celebrations and fun. However, this time of year can be a worry for some who are
concerned about people coming to their door – particularly after dark.

If you are worried you don’t have to answer the door, and you can make this clear by displaying a ‘No Trick or Treat‘ poster, which can be downloaded at www.swale.gov.uk/no-trick-or-treat . If you don’t have access to a computer, contact the council on 01795 417850.

Cllr Alan Horton, cabinet member for safer families and communities at the council, said:

“More and more children – and adults – are getting involved in the fun of Halloween, but we all need to remember that not everyone enjoys it.

“Our ‘No Trick or Treat’ poster is a way for people to make clear that they don’t wish to take part without feeling uncomfortable about
answering their own door.

“We’re asking trick and treaters to respect people’s wishes, and use their common sense.”

If you have young children:

* Never let young children go trick or treating on their own.
* Make sure they only visit people known to your family.

If you have teenagers:

* Make sure they are not going to be using alcohol, flour or eggs.
* Make it clear that if a ‘no trick or treat’ sign is displayed, they should leave straight away.
* Advise them to stay in a group and never go into the home of someone they don’t know.
* Make sure they understand they must not frighten people.

If anyone’s behaviour is worrying you can call on the numbers below to report it.

* In an emergency dial 999
* Police non-emergency 101
* Swale Borough Council 01795 417 850
* Kent Crime Stoppers 0800 555 111


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