Halloween Advice from Gloucestershire Police

Halloween Advice:

Halloween can be a lot of fun for children and young people, but it can also be distressing and intimidating for older people. If you are going to go “trick or treating” please respect and consider others and follow some simple guidelines, that way everyone can have a safe and enjoyable time.


  • Go alone – trick or treating is more fun and safer if you go in a small group with friends and family
  • Go into houses – stay on the door step, where a responsible adult can see you
  • Play pranks that may damage property – this could result in arrest and a criminal record
  • Demand money or intimidate people – Halloween can be a night that some neighbours may dread, so be respectful and polite. Observe and comply with any notices declining trick or treaters at the address
  • Don’t throw eggs or flour – it is classed as a criminal offence and you could be arrested


  • Take extra care crossing roads – more accidents occur in the dark
  • Go with a responsible adult – they can help, in case there are any problems
  • Dress to be seen – wear light or reflective clothes, or carry a lamp or torch, so that drivers and your responsible adult can see you
  • Respect other people’s rights – be  polite, do not knock on doors too late. Ring or knock once only and be prepared to take no for an answer

Please enjoy yourself, but remain safe!  For a copy of the poster click here