Halloween

Have fun during Halloween and Bonfire Night, but don’t be influenced by others into doing things that may seem minor at the time – your actions could have a massive impact on not only people inside their house, but on your life as well.

Police will be carrying out patrols in the evenings to make sure that people who are trick-or-treating are doing so in a friendly manner and not causing a nuisance.

For some people, this time of the year can be a bother as your evenings are interrupted with people knocking on your doors for treats. Most of these children or teenagers are just getting involved in the Halloween celebrations and will be friendly.

If you feel unsafe:

  • Don’t open your door if you’re unsure who is there. Use your spyhole, look out of a window, and use your door chain if you do decide to open your door.
  • Have a contact number of a close relative or good neighbour to hand by your telephone, just in case you need to phone them.
  • If you are part of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, let your coordinator know that you will be on your own at Halloween. If you are a coordinator, please identity people in your scheme that may be vulnerable and offer them reassurance.

Thames Valley Police will not tolerate any anti-social behaviour at any time of the year.

To report anti-social behaviour, call 101, the 24-hour Thames Valley Police non-emergency number. If you feel threatened, if it’s an emergency, or if a crime is in progress, call 999.

Thames Valley Police has produced a video which urges trick or treaters to think carefully about the consequences of their actions.

View ‘Halloween - Click your trick’ video.

 Halloween - Click your trick

Video transcript

  • Halloween - Click your trick video transcript

    In the video, trick-or-treaters decide to see what happens when they light a firework and post it into their victim's house. Find out what one ex-prankster thinks of their choice.

    A small group of youths is outside a house.

    Resident shuts his front door.

    Youth 1: So what we gonna do now guys?

    Youth 2 (holding a firework): How about we stick this through his letterbox?

    Youth 1: I dare you. Go on.

    Youth 2 places it in the letterbox and lights the fuse. All run away.

    Text on screen:

    ...would anyone really do that?

    Photographs of a burnt house.

    Youth: I was 16 years old at the time, I was in the garden at the time discussing who was going to do it. He said: 'You light it', I said: 'No', he said: 'You've got the lighter'. Under peer pressure I buckled and lit the firework, he put it in the letterbox and we all ran. Then we saw the smoke coming out of the house and we got scared even more. So we ran, heard the fire engines and we all went home.

    The next couple of days the police came round, arrested us and it went to court. I was in the cells for three days. I was in court. I got a £5,000 fine, a six-month curfew. I had to be in at 9pm every day. I got 300 hours community service. It was a very big price to pay for something that was very silly. I didn't think about the consequences at all. My adrenaline was going a bit. I expected the firework to go bang inside the house, wake the residents up, give them a shock. It went to totally the opposite way, setting fire to the house and nearly burning the whole house down.

    If you think you're too old to be going out trick-or-treating, getting sweets, don't bother going out. Stay at home, or find something else better to do. There's no point throwing eggs at people's houses, letting fireworks off, it's a silly thing to do. Stay at home.

    Click your trick (there are three options to choose from):

    Blow this joint

    Resident shuts his front door.

    Youth 1: So what we doing now guys?

    Youth 2: Calm down guys. Let's forget this guy and go and find another house down the road.

    Text on screen:

    Good choice! ... plenty of sweets at number 20.

    Beat it

    Resident shuts his front door.

    Youth 1:So what we doing now guys?

    Youth 2 (holding an egg): Look what I've got. Come on, let's bake this guy a cake.

    The youths throw eggs, smashing windows, before running off.

    Text on screen:

    Bad idea! ... fancy being nicked for criminal damage?

    Go with a bang

    Resident shuts his door.

    Youth 1: So what we gonna do now guys?

    Youth 2 (holding a firework): How about we stick this through his letterbox?

    Youth 1: I dare you. Go on.

    Youth 2 places it in the letterbox and lights the fuse. All run away.

    Text on screen:

    ...would anyone really do that?

    Photographs of a burnt house.

    Youth: I was 16 years old at the time, I was in the garden at the time discussing who was going to do it. He said: 'You light it', I said: 'No', he said: 'You've got the lighter'. Under peer pressure I buckled and lit the firework, he put it in the letterbox and we all ran. Then we saw the smoke coming out of the house and we got scared even more. So we ran, heard the fire engines and we all went home.

    The next couple of days the police came round, arrested us and it went to court. I was in the cells for three days. I was in court. I got a £5,000 fine, a six-month curfew. I had to be in at 9pm every day. I got 300 hours community service. It was a very big price to pay for something that was very silly. I didn't think about the consequences at all. My adrenaline was going a bit. I expected the firework to go bang inside the house, wake the residents up, give them a shock. It went to totally the opposite way, setting fire to the house and nearly burning the whole house down.

    If you think you're too old to be going out trick-or-treating, getting sweets, don't bother going out. Stay at home, or find something else better to do. There's no point throwing eggs at people's houses, letting fireworks off, it's a silly thing to do. Stay at home.

    Text on screen:

    Bad idea! ... fancy being nicked for criminal damage?