Halloween warning from South Metropolitan police

Dressed-up kids having fun on Halloween
Dressed-up kids having fun on Halloween

POLICE from the South Metro District have issued a child safety warning in the lead up to Halloween.

South Metro Community engagement officer Paul Trimble said parents should discuss safety tips with children who are wanting to trick or treat.

“It’s important to remember that not all houses participate and some are even unaware it is Halloween,” he said.

“This can sometimes cause homeowners, especially the elderly, to be fearful when receiving a knock on the door in the late afternoon or evening.

“It’s also worth reminding friends or family members especially the elderly of Halloween night, so they are not unnecessarily scared by people knocking on the door.”

Sgt Trimble said Halloween does not usually cause many issues for police or the community.

“However, it is important for everyone involved in trick or treat to make sure that they do not cause harm, fear, damage or be abusive in any way,” he said.

“In cases where this does occur and a complaint is made people responsible could be charged.

“Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for children, but it can also be a hectic time for parents and guardians.”

Sgt Trimble’s Halloween safety tips 

  • This Halloween, take a moment to consider basic safety precautions to help make your children’s Halloween a safer night of fun.
  • Plan a trick-or-treat route in familiar neighbourhoods with well-lit streets.
  • Children should never trick-or-treat alone and should be accompanied by a trusted adult.
  • Hold a torch while trick-or-treating to help you see, and others see you.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street and remember some costumes might make it difficult to see vehicles.
  • Eat only factory-wrapped treats.
  • Only visit well-lit houses or those indicating they are participating in Halloween.
  • Never accept rides from strangers.
  • Advise children that they should never enter strangers’ homes.
  • Never invite children into your home.