Halloween 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 we're asking members of the public to be responsible and take precautions in doing things that will likely increase contact with others outside of your household. That means observing social distancing with people outside your household, standing well back when knocking on any doors and always keeping your hands clean using sanitiser.
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
By taking precautions, it is still possible to enjoy Halloween safely!
- In an effort to curb anti-social behaviour and disorder, we have designed posters which shops, if they wish, can place in their windows to restrict the sale of items that can be used to cause mischief at this time of year (fireworks, eggs and flour). We’d like to remind local retailers not to allow under 18s to buy flour and eggs unless with an adult.
- One way to deter unwanted trick or treaters on October 31, is to print and display the 'No trick or treaters' poster.
There are still ways to celebrate Halloween while still staying safe.
- 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.
- Halloween Hunt - hide Halloween sweets and treats around your homes or gardens as an alternative to trick-or-treating.
- Halloween at home – watch spooky films, celebrate virtually or with members of your own household.
- Join the Surrey Police Halloween Competition. We'd like to see the best Halloween creations, displays and decorations across Surrey as a way to keep children and young people occupied during half term.
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 you inted 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 - Find Covid local Alert Level.
- 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.
Residents are advised to continue to be vigilant when opening the door to strangers or unexpected callers.
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 Halloween. If you are a coordinator, please identity people in your scheme that may be vulnerable and offer them reassurance.
- If you are prepared to receive Trick or Treaters, switch on your outside light and remove any trip hazards. If you set lanterns outside your front door with candles in them, make sure that they are far enough out of the way so that costumes won't accidentally be set on fire.
- 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.
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.