Enjoy Halloween in North Devon but remember it’s not fun for everyone, say Devon and Cornwall Police

Police have launched the annual Halloween trick or treat campaign with a reminder that not everyone wants to take part.

The force is encouraging those celebrating Halloween in North Devon to make it a happy and safe time for everyone.

The 'Sorry, No Trick, No Treat, No Thanks' campaign encourages people who do not want to be bothered by trick-or-treaters to download and print this poster and place it in the front door or window of their homes.

Bob Bunney from the prevention department said: "In recent years we've seen an increase in the number of people participating in Halloween fun.

"We'd say to anyone who's going trick-or-treating to think about other people, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, as they may get worried if strangers are continually calling at the door during the evening.

"We don't want to discourage anyone or spoil anyone's fun, but we'd ask people not to call at homes displaying this poster."

You can download the poster from www.dc.police.uk/halloween

Trick or treat top tips

- Only go to houses of people you know and who are happy for you to call.

- Stay safe, keep to places that you know and are well lit. Do not take short cuts through gardens, alleyways or parks.

- Watch out for traffic - drivers might not see you.

- If you are wearing a mask make sure that you can see where you are going and are aware of your surroundings.

- Carry a torch and a fully charged mobile phone (if you have one)

For more information go to www.dc.police.uk/halloween