Fright night warn­ings

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

IT is a day used to dress up, watch scary movies, eat an un­healthy amount of sug­ary treats and even carve the odd pump­kin, but WA po­lice have warned not ev­ery­one is on board with the Hal­loween tra­di­tion.

South Metropoli­tan com­mu­nity en­gage­ment co-or­di­na­tor Paul Trim­ble said it was im­por­tant to re­mem­ber not all homes will be par­tic­i­pat­ing tonight, with some even un­aware it is on.

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

“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.

“The ‘no thanks’ poster will hope­fully help with that too.”

Sergeant Trim­ble said Hal­loween did not usu­ally lead to ma­jor is­sues for the com­mu­nity or po­lice, a trend he was keen to see con­tinue.

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

Trick-or-treaters should be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult.

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