CHILDREN and young people taking part in Halloween activities are being urged to be careful and follow Covid-19 regulations.
Whilst Halloween is going be different this year because of the pandemic, there is still plenty of fun to be had.
The Government has suggested the following alternatives to Trick or Treating (below).
And West Mercia Police said if people were trick or treating – along with asking people to keep following the Coronavirus regulations, which the majority had done for the past eight months – they also want children and young people to be ‘frightfully thoughtful’ to those living around them.
Officers said some people, particularly those living alone, could find parts of Halloween behaviour intimidating, so they have asked please be mindful of this.
The annual posters to prevent Trick or Treat visitors have also been produced and are available from police Safer Neighbourhood Teams and at the link at the bottom of this story.
Ch Supt Sue Thomas said: “We want to get the balance right between ensuring everyone is doing their bit to prevent the spread of coronavirus by following the law whilst not stopping people from having a good, safe, time.
“As in previous years, we will have an increased number of officers on duty and will be carrying out additional high visibility patrols to ensure that anti-social behaviour remains low.
“We will also be engaging with those out and about and encouraging them to act responsibly and reminding them to follow Covid-19 laws.
“Where we need to though, we will take enforcement action.
“Perhaps most importantly, please remember that if you have Covid-19 symptoms or have been told to self-isolate you shouldn’t take part in any in-person Halloween festivities and shouldn’t give out sweets to trick-or-treaters.
“There are, however, lots of other ways that you can still make a memorable evening for your family.”
For young children, the police have put together spooky colouring sheets, which, along with the No Trick or Treat posters can be downloaded from here.