Trick-or-treaters will be out in force on Monday celebrating the Halloween festivities – with a warning from police to ensure they stay within the law.
While the vast majority of revellers enter into the spooky spirit of the occasion, a significant minority use October 31 to cause disruption and trouble.
Last year, Suffolk Police received nearly 800 calls during the course of the evening, prompting senior officers to remind those heading out this year to have fun without causing misery to residents and businesses.
Chief Inspector Matt Rose says: “We want everyone to enjoy Halloween but we also want to ensure everyone is safe. This time of year is always one of our busiest and I would remind people that it is not an excuse to commit anti-social activity.
“If you are planning to go out trick-or-treating, please make sure you only visit those who are happy to take part and please respect residents who may not want to be disturbed.”
The Constabulary has produced special posters for people who don’t wish to be disturbed to download from the force website and display in their windows.
There was a safety warning for those venturing out, too – never go out alone, stay in well-lit areas and don’t go inside strangers’ houses.
Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore says: “For those on the receiving end of trick-or-treaters, particularly the old and vulnerable, it can be quite an upsetting experience.
“By all means, enjoy yourselves and have fun but please give some thought to those who don’t want to join in.”
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