Police put the frighteners on tricksters in Dacorum this Halloween

Old Town Halloween Party, Hemel Hempstead, 2012. 'Pictures by Katrina Matthews.
Old Town Halloween Party, Hemel Hempstead, 2012. 'Pictures by Katrina Matthews.

Police are calling on all trick or treaters to enjoy the Halloween period, but to be aware of the effects the day can have on others.

With Hemel Hempstead’s popular annual Old Town Halloween party cancelled for the first time due to ongoing roadworks, officers are even more concerned about the effects of anti-social behaviour at the spookiest time of the year.

Sgt Matt Deveney of the town’s safer neighbourhood team said: “We are in support of any events which help to divert young people away from anti-social behaviour during Halloween, which is a very busy time of year for police, however we appreciate the concerns raised by the council and support their decision to cancel this year’s party.

“Most young people will take a sensible approach to trick or treating on the night and will often be accompanied by an adult, but we will conduct special patrols as a matter of course during this time to target the small minority who use it as an opportunity to act in an anti-social manner.”

Children are reminded not to knock on strangers’ doors, or to keep an eye out for signs trick or treaters may be welcome, such as Halloween decorations.

For the elderly or those living alone, this can be a frightening time of year so people are also advised to keep any ‘tricks’ safe and legal.

Visit snt.herts.police.uk/halloween for more information plus a children’s safety quiz and downloadable posters stating whether or not trick or treaters are welcome.