Halloween tricksters warned: Stay safe

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While Halloween is not widely celebrated in Oamaru, police are encouraging parents, caregivers and children to celebrate Halloween safely this year.

Police have produced an online video starring a group of children and featuring some simple ideas children can follow in order to stay safe while still having plenty of Halloween fun.

Tips in the Halloween video include always going trick or treating with an adult, staying in areas that are well lit, only visiting houses where you know the residents, and being careful not to scare elderly people.

And remember, Oamaru police Senior Sergeant Jason McCoy said, householders do not have to respond to knocks on the door on Halloween.

“We’d like [Trick or Treaters] to be safe out there, too,” he said.

If there are any problems or incidents outside your house and you are concerned you can ring police for advice or assistance.

You can also download and print a copy of Trick or Treater posters from the Police website to display on a window or front door of your home.

To download a “Trick or Treaters Welcome” or a “No Trick or Treaters Please” poster, visit www.police.govt.nz/news/featured/safety-tips-halloween

Safety tips for Halloween:

Stay in areas that are lit with streetlights. Although Halloween is supposed to be spooky, be careful not to frighten elderly people Don’t enter any house, stay on the doorstep Only go to where you or your friends know the residents Always go trick or treating with an adult. Be visible Stay with your friends. Don’t split into smaller groups unless an adult goes with you. Don’t knock on doors where there is a sign saying ‘No trick or treat here’. Don’t talk to strangers on the street. Understand what a prank is. Don’t’ commit a crime thinking you will get away with it because it is Halloween.

Key Messages for Householders:

Householders don’t have to open the door or respond to knocks on the door on Halloween. If there are any problems or incidents outside your house and you are concerned you can ring police for advice or assistance.

If parents do decide to let their children go trick or treating they should remind them to follow these rules:

Don’t go off with strangers. Don’t talk to strangers. Always be accompanied by an adult.

Source: NZ Police