Advice for a safe Cotswolds Hallowe'en

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Advice for a safe Cotswolds Hallowe'en

Young people in the Cotswolds are being encouraged to have a harmless Hallowe'en by carefully planning their fun.

The District Council's Community Safety Team wants to ensure that children stay safe – and that older and vulnerable people are not frightened by unwanted visits.

Anti-Social Behaviour Co-ordinator Tim Dowan said: "Trick or treating has become increasingly popular over the years with youngsters dressing up and visiting their neighbours.

"We want kids to have fun – but to realise that some older people can find the custom intimidating.

"We advise children and their parents to leave out the 'trick' and enjoy the treat by visiting only neighbours and friends where they know they'll be welcome."

Tim's top tips for Hallowe’en include:

* Think about keeping the kids in doors with a Halloween party with traditional games
* If the children want to go trick or treating, make sure an adult or a teenage sibling (or two) goes with them
* Make sure your child's costume is safe – not dangling on the ground, that they can see clearly, and that carried props are safe, blunt and harmless.
* Make sure someone has a phone in case things go wrong
* Only call on people you know - some people don't like or are frightened by strangers at their door. Some people put signs in their window to say No Trick or Treat - treat those people with respect and leave them alone
* Tell your children to NEVER go into a stranger's house to collect their treat – the doorstep is the place to stay
* Make sure your children know that the trick part is a no-no – throwing eggs at a house or car is vandalism – and it's not fun for the person who has to clean it up.
* If you or your children see someone causing vandalism or committing a crime – get safely away and phone the police on 0845 0901234 - if you see a serious crime taking place phone 999 and ask for the police.

Posted : 18/10/2006 23:15:10

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