Halloween – Trick or Treat?


Halloween – Trick or Treat?

There has been a lot of confusion and concern regarding Halloween this year.

  • Should you go Trick or Treating?
  • How to discourage unwanted Trick or Treaters
  • What to do you experience anti-social behaviour?

Surrey Police have issued the following guidance as well as a link to a poster you can put in your window – you can download the poster here:

No Trick or Treaters Poster

This is what Surrey Police have to say:

Each year, we’re inundated with complaints over anti-social “trick or treat” incidents during Halloween. Unsuspecting victims, residents and the elderly can be targeted by young people who use the excuse of the festivities to throw fireworks, flour and eggs at houses, doors and even at people.

In an effort to curb anti-social behaviour and disorder over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period, we’ve created a Halloween dedicated guidance page on our external website. Here you’ll find our yearly ‘no trick or treaters’ posters, alternative ways to celebrate Halloween and more.

Surrey Police – Halloween Page

If you do choose to go trick or treating this year, please remember the following safety tips:

  • 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 vulnerable people. Pre-specify which houses to visit by checking with the occupants first
  • Avoid close contact with others and continue to observe social distancing
  • Respect the privacy and wishes of people 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
  • If you are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, please remain within your household
  • Avoid gatherings of six people or more. Perhaps Consider celebrating virtually or with members of your own household as this poses low risk for spread
  • Assess current COVID-19 levels in your community to determine whether to postpone, cancel, or limit your gathering or trip
  • Covid-19 can be spread by touching surfaces contaminated with the virus, as well as through droplets breathed in
  • Avoid communal buckets of sweets
  • Carry hand sanitiser and wash hands frequently.

While we know some people see Halloween as an opportunity to have fun and enjoy themselves, it can be a frightening time for others, especially those who are vulnerable.

Our Officers will be out on patrol to deter any anti-social behaviour and will be quick to disperse groups of people who are found to be causing a nuisance.

Surrey 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.




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