Be responsible this Hallowe’en

Sussex Police have a few pointers for Trick and Treat.

Hallowe’en has become an increasingly popular celebration over the past few years for children, families and young people especially, but it is important not to have fun at the expense of others.

This year the Police are asking members of the public to be responsible and continue to take precautions in doing things that will likely increase contact with others outside of your household. That means observing social distancing guidelines whilst interacting with people outside your household.

There are still ways to celebrate Hallowe’en while still staying safe:

Take part in the Sussex Police Hallowe’en competition – take photos of your Hallowe’en decorations or pumpkins for a chance to win a visit to meet one of the police dogs. Find full details on your local police Facebook page.

Take part in The Pumpkin Trail – similar to the Rainbow Trail for the NHS, trick or treaters take part in ‘pumpkin spotting’. Every time your child spots a pumpkin, you reward them with a treat.

Spooky Hallowe’en hunt – hide Hallowe’en sweets and treats around your homes or gardens as an alternative to trick-or-treating.

Hallowe’en at home – watch spooky films, carve pumpkins, or bake Hallowe’en treats.

Be virtual – consider an online party with decorations, fancy dress and themed food. Play Hallowe’en games, or tell spooky stories.

Decorate – dress up your house with Hallowe’en decorations for you and your family to enjoy.

If you do decide to go trick or treating, please be respectful and remember the following:

No cold-calling houses and pre-specify which houses to visit by checking with the occupants first.

Avoid houses where there are people shielding and where there are people who could be vulnerable such as the elderly.

Continue to observe social distancing.

Respect the privacy and wishes of those 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. 

Safety tips for Hallowe’en:

Assess the current Covid-19 levels in your community to determine whether to postpone, cancel, or limit your activities.

Consider alternative activities to celebrate Hallowe’en to limit the spread of Covid-19.

Remember the rule of six and avoid gatherings of more than six people.

Trick or treating is not recommended as it can be very difficult to maintain proper social distancing on porches and at front doors.

Avoid sweets from communal bowls and buckets.

If you have any Covid-19 symptoms please self-isolate at home in accordance with government legislation.

Remember Hands, Face, Space. 

For residents:

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

One way to deter unwanted trick or treaters on October 31, is to print and display the ‘no trick or treaters’ poster.Feel free to download, print and display ‘No Trick or Treaters’ poster here 

If you feel unsafe:

Don’t open your door if you’re unsure who is there. Use your spyhole, look out of a window, and use your door chain if you do decide to open your door.

Have a contact number of a close relative or good neighbour to hand by your telephone, just in case you need to phone them.

If you are part of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, let your coordinator know that you will be on your own at Hallowe’en. If you are a coordinator, please identity people in your scheme that may be vulnerable and offer them reassurance.

If you are driving on the evening of the 31st, remember that excited children may be crossing the road unexpectedly, so slow down in residential areas and take extra care.

There will be increased patrols this Hallowe’en to deter any anti-social behaviour; officers will be quick to disperse groups of people who are found to be causing a nuisance.

Hallowe’en is not an acceptable time for mass gatherings and officers will engage, explain and encourage people to follow the Government guidance.
Sussex Police will not tolerate any anti-social behaviour at any time of the year.

To report anti-social behaviour please report online here.

If you feel threatened, in an emergency, or if a crime is in progress, call 999.