RESIDENTS across the Hucknall and Bulwell district are being given the opportunity to opt out of the seasonal activities through a Nottinghamshire Police initiative.
Hallowe’en can be a fun-filled time of year for families but for many it can spell problems and anxiety.
In a bid to tackle this, police have created a poster that homeowners can display in their windows and doors to politely request not being disturbed.
“We are reacting to the concerns of the residents in our district,” said Insp Nick Butler of Hucknall Police. “Many people can get frightened at this time of year with people knocking on their doors.
“For many people, especially the disabled and the elderly, getting up to answer trick or treaters can be a real nuisance and inconvenience.”
The poster can be downloaded from the Nottinghamshire Police Force website and is a way of letting Hallowe’en pranksters know they don’t wish to take part.
Insp Butler added: “We are asking youngsters who are out and about over Hallowe’en that where
they see the sign displayed they respect the homeowners who probably have very good reasons for displaying it.
“I would also like to advise parents to supervise youngsters at all times whilst trick or treating and only visit houses in neighbourhoods that they are familiar with and stay safe.”
Despite anti-social behaviour and criminal damage rising at this time of the year nationally, locally there has been a fall through initiatives like this.
Police are also running an operation tackling unauthorised bonfires and want to encourage residents to go to organised displays only.
Visit nottinghamshire.police.uk to download the poster.