People across the county planning to celebrate Halloween at the end of October and Bonfire Night in early November are being urged to be considerate to others.
Norfolk Constabulary officers will be working with residents, partner agencies and local businesses aiming to make sure that celebrations are safe and enjoyable for everyone. Additional officers will be on duty for what can be one of the busiest periods of the policing calendar.
As in previous years, planning and preparation for this peak time of year is a multi-agency effort including: Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service, Norfolk County Council through Trading Standards and the Youth Offending Team, as well as other local authority resources.
Inspector Mark Cant said: â€œWe want everyone to have an enjoyable Halloween. We understand that trick or treating has become an exciting tradition for youngsters. However, Halloween can be a distressing time of year for some vulnerable members of the community and we would ask trick or treaters to respect the wishes of those who choose not to mark the occasion.
â€œIn previous years the event has passed without major incident thanks to the consideration of trick or treaters for those who didnâ€™t want to take part in Halloween and we hope to see a repeat of that this year.
â€œThe same applies for Bonfire Night â€“ we urge everyone to have fun, stay safe and respect residents in their neighbourhood.â€
Richard Herrell, Group Manager for Community Fire Protection, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said: â€œEvery year we work with our partners around Halloween and Bonfire Night. We hope everyone; retailers, customers and our communities enjoy themselves and have a safe and enjoyable time."
Norfolk Community Safety Partnership offers the following safety tips to young people who intend to go trick or treating:
- Never go trick or treating alone or split up from your friends.
- Always check with your parents or carer first.
- Only go to houses where you or your friends know who lives there.
- Donâ€™t go into any house - stay on the doorstep.
- Donâ€™t talk to strangers on the street.
- Stay in well-lit areas and carry a torch.
- Take care when crossing roads - it may be hard to see so well in a costume.
- Although Halloween is about looking spooky, be careful not to frighten the elderly.
- Eggs & flour make a mess & most shops wonâ€™t sell them to under 16s over Halloween.
A selection of posters are available for people to display in a window or on their front door - dependent on their view of Halloween.
One poster welcomes trick or treaters to the doors of residents while an alternative asks that trick or treaters do not disturb residents. There is a poster with the message that shopkeepers will not be selling eggs or flour to under 16s at the end of October and a leaflet aimed at young people which gives important tips on how they can stay safe and enjoy Halloween and Bonfire Night. The Partnership has prepared an additional poster combining safety messages and concerns about anti-social behaviour for both occasions.
Inspector Cant added: â€œOur Safer Neighbourhood Teams have access to the posters and will be out and about in their communities to raise awareness with local residents and encourage their use. The posters are simple for people to access and download from our website to print out and put in windows and on doors for themselves.â€
The free posters are available for download at
to place on windows and doors at the end of October.