• Patrick McBride

Trick or Treating? - Stay Safe..

It’s Halloween night and police are encouraging caregivers and parents to ensure their children are well looked after while out trick-or-treating in neighbourhoods this weekend.

Halloween activities can be fun for children to dress up, go trick-or-treating for sweets with friends and family, however it’s important to stay safe local police have warned.

"Although it’s a fun night out it’s good to remember that not everyone likes to take part in Halloween or can take part."

"It’s important to remember that young children should be supervised at all times, staying in areas where they know their neighbours, staying with friends or an adult, and respecting people’s privacy." a spokesperson said.

Greymouth police recommend the following:

🎃 Parents or caregivers should accompany children and not let them go off with people they do not know.

🎃 Trick or Treating in areas that are well lit and only going where children know the residents.

🎃 Always go with an adult or if you’re a teen - stay together with your friends.

🎃 If you see a sign on the door that says ‘no trick-or-treat here’ or similar then respect their wishes.

🎃 Householders don’t have to open the door or respond to knocks from Halloween visitors.

If there are problems or incidents outside homes, especially late in the evening, don’t hesitate to phone police for advice on 105 or for urgent help if someone is in danger, on 111

Ministry of Health also put out their own warning for the public.

"This Halloween, the trick is to stay home and treat yourself to a night on the couch if you're feeling unwell."