Enjoy a happy Halloween!

Published: Monday 26th October 2015 by Rich Sutherland

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This information has been kindly shared with us by Terry Wallis.

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Halloween is just a few days away and we want everyone to enjoy it, but this time of the year can have its downsides and potential dangers as children enjoy dressing up and going ‘trick or treating’ around houses in the neighbourhood.

Many householders, of course, are happy to hand over sweets or biscuits to children who are just having fun. Others are not so happy to participate in the festivities.

Occasionally, as what they see as a bit of fun, groups of young people knock at every door, whether they know the residents or not, demanding some sort of gift or payment and threatening vandalism and demonstrating anti-social behaviour, which can be a frightening and intimidating experience, and hence some residents understandably don’t want to answer the door at this time of year.

By this time most children are most probably in bed, but if you are a parent please consider giving your children the following advice before allowing them to go out to trick or treat, as it is for their own protection as much as anybody else’s:

  1. Children aged 10 years or younger should be accompanied by an adult.
  2. Everyone should wear light-coloured clothing or something reflective to ensure visibility – have a torch or light stick with you and leave them switched on.
  3. If your children are going trick or treating without you, make sure they tell you where they are going and that a responsible member of the group has your phone number.
  4. Persuade your children never to enter anyone’s house unless they know them very well, are comfortable in doing so and they have been invited in.
  5. Folks should never ask for money.
  6. Trick or treating should end by 9:30 p.m – please don’t let them ring anyone’s doorbell after that time as you are into anti-social hours.
  7. Even if lights are on, please don’t ring anyone’s doorbell more than twice.
  8. For their own safety, always use the front door – never go to the back of a house where children can be out of sight.
  9. Ask them not to walk across lawns and gardens but to use the path to the front door and respect other people’s property – obviously, never cause damage to anyone’s property.
  10. Perhaps the most obvious tip: ALWAYS be polite and remember to say thank you.

And finally – a reminder to shop owners to make sure that they don’t sell items such as eggs and flour to young people, who may be using them to commit anti-social behaviour. They are also reminded that it is illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under the age of 18.

Otherwise, have a very happy Halloween!

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Terry Wallis

Area NHW Co-ordinator for Kirkbymoorside and surrounding villages in the area

NHW Co-Ordinator for Marton Village

District Lead – Ryedale Neighbourhood Watch

Chair – North Yorkshire Neighbourhood Watch Association www.nynhwa.co.uk

Police Volunteer 8885

Published: Monday 26th October 2015 by Rich Sutherland

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