Don't Be Spooked This Halloween

In the run up to this year’s Halloween (Saturday 31 October) Wiltshire Police are encouraging young people to be safe and respect others if they are out in communities 'trick or treating'.

Parents and carers have an important role to play to help keep children and young people safe and encourage them to act responsibly while taking part in trick or treating activities.

Download a Wiltshire Police No Trick or Treat Poster for residents .

 These posters can be displayed in your home or homes of any neighbours or relatives. The poster should be displayed in a prominent position either on the front door or front window.
If you or someone you know are trick or treating this Halloween follow these six simple top tips:

  • 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
  • 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)

Wiltshire Police’s Head of Crime Prevention Superintendent Andrew Carr said: “Trick or treaters should take care and think carefully about which doors they knock on, particularly if there are elderly people or people living on their own in your neighbourhood.

“The most important message is that we want people to enjoy Halloween and, in particular the children and young people, by keeping themselves safe and making sure they do not cause any problems in their communities.”

If at any point you do feel nervous or unsafe:

  • Don’t open your door if you’re unsure who is there. Use your spy-hole, 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 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 Halloween. If you are a coordinator, please identify people in your scheme that may be vulnerable and offer them reassurance

During the Halloween period, Neighbourhood Policing Teams across the force area will be undertaking high visibility patrols to help prevent crime and anti-social behaviour.
Remember – to report a crime in progress always call 999. To contact the police in a non-emergency call 101.