Stay safe this Halloween

Halloween is a night of innocent fun for many youngsters, but for elderly and vulnerable residents, having an unexpected caller can be distressing and frightening.

To help make the 31 October trick or treat celebration enjoyable for everyone, Thames Valley Police is working with Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council's Joint Community Safety team to encourage residents to display posters in their front windows to indicate whether or not they welcome Halloween callers.

Posters are free of charge and available at Chiltern District Council Offices, King George V Road in Amersham and South Bucks District Council Offices, Oxford Road in Denham.

Residents without access to a printer can request a poster by phoning 01494 586535.

Tricks like throwing eggs and other vandalism will be treated as anti-social behaviour and criminal damage and the police will prosecute anyone found breaking the law. Extra police patrols will take place during the Halloween period.

Here are some do's and don'ts to ensure everyone has a good night:


  • Only visit houses where you or your friends know who lives there.
  • Only visit areas where there are streetlights - take a torch with you just in case.
  • Stay in a small group, never go on your own.
  • Ensure your children are supervised and remind them to respect others.


  • If there is a sign saying 'No trick or treat here'....don't knock.
  • Never talk to strangers.
  • Never enter someone's house always stay on the doorstep.
  • Trick or treat after 8pm as some people do not want to be disturbed and families will have small children who will be in bed.
  • Be careful not to frighten elderly or vulnerable people.

Any antisocial behaviour should be reported using the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number 101. If you feel threatened, if it's an emergency, or if a crime is in progress, dial 999.