25 October 2016
Free Halloween posters are being provided by Mid Sussex District Council and Sussex Police to show ‘Trick or Treaters’ if they are welcome to call.
Many young children will soon be putting on their scariest costumes and taking to the streets to celebrate Halloween. There will be lots of fun activities taking place right across the District but there are members of the Mid Sussex community who do not wish to participate in the celebrations.
Mid Sussex District Council and Sussex Police are asking revellers to be respectful of people who do not wish to take part in the trick or treat ritual. The Council is making ‘No trick or treat’ and ‘trick or treaters welcome’ posters available from the District Council offices, Town Council Help Points and online.
“Dressing up for Halloween and asking for sweet treats is great fun for children but there are members of the community who are nervous about people calling at their home after dark,” said Councillor Norman Webster, Cabinet Member Community. “We want everyone to enjoy the evening of 31st October so we’re encouraging people to display one of these posters in their front window to either welcome trick or treaters to call, or to ask them not to stop this time.
“It only takes a minute to download one of the posters or to collect one from the Council offices so make sure you’re ready for Halloween and grab one today.”
The District Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Co-ordinator has visited a number of local schools alongside representatives from Sussex Police to raise awareness among young people about how they can be perceived at this time. Groups of young people in high spirits and scary costumes can be intimidating for some residents and students were asked not to approach properties displaying the ‘no trick or treat’ signs.
In recent weeks a small minority of people have tried to scare or intimidate other people whilst dressed as clowns. Those celebrating Halloween this year are advised to avoid dressing up as clowns as it is unlikely to result in a positive reaction from the public.
To download the free Halloween posters visit www.midsussex.gov.uk/halloween
For more information on Community Safety contact the ASB Coordinator on 01444 477489 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.