Whether you are celebrating Halloween by carving a pumpkin or wearing a spooky costume, Leicestershire Police is encouraging you to ‘Celebrate Safely’.
Halloween always falls on October 31 and this year it looks likely that celebrations will take place throughout this weekend.
Leicestershire Police’s Local Policing Commander Andy Lee said: “Trick or treating is a traditional activity linked with Halloween, and normally involves children dressed in costumes going from door to door asking for sweets.
“Some people prefer not to be involved in these celebrations which is why we are encouraging everyone to display our Trick or Treat poster, which helps to show others whether or not they are welcome at your door this Halloween.
“The posters are available from your local policing team or you can download them from our website.”
Leicestershire Police is also advising those celebrating Halloween, whether they are at home or out trick and treating, to enjoy themselves and consider the following advice:
* make sure young children are always accompanied by an adult
* respect people’s choice to open or not open the door
* ensure that any tricks or pranks do not damage people’s homes, cars or property
The force is working with partners who make up the Antisocial Behaviour Delivery Group, including councils across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, to promote the Celebrate Safely message.
Leicestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Safer Communities and Trading Standards, and Chair of the Police and Crime Panel, Councillor Joe Orson said: “Our IMPACT team will be trying to engage with young people in areas of the county by spreading the message to keep safe and not get involved in antisocial behaviour.
“Halloween should be a fun event for all. We want to reassure communities that their decision to celebrate or not will be respected.”
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