Sussex Police are encouraging trick or treaters to be considerate in their local areas for Halloween tonight (Tuesday, 31).
The force has asked those going out to consider the elderly and more vulnerable members of their community, and not to have fun at others’ expense.
A set of two posters have been released for residents to indicate whether they would be happy to receive unexpected visitors or not.
Trick or treaters have been asked not to call at houses where ‘no trick or treater’ posters are clearly visible.
— Sussex Police (@sussex_police) October 28, 2017
Sussex Police has also released a set of tips for children and residents on how to make Halloween safe and enjoyable for everyone.
The force said young children should always be accompanied by an adult while out trick or treating.
Other tips include staying in well-lit areas, and ensuring children stay on pavements while walking.
— Sussex Police (@sussex_police) October 30, 2017
Residents, meanwhile, are being asked to stay vigilant while opening the door to strangers.
Police said those who feel unsafe can use spyholes, windows and door latches, and are advised to have the phone number of close friends or relatives on stand-by.
— Sussex Living Mag (@sussexliving) October 30, 2017
Those welcoming trick or treaters are encouraged to ensure their homes are well-lit and that all-trip hazards are removed.
The force said it is prepared to disperse groups found to be causing a nuisance, and officers will be on patrol to deter anti-social behaviour.
Those who experience anti-social behaviour are asked to contact Sussex Police via their website or by calling 101.