Halloween safety advice issued to residents

Trick or treaters are being urged to think about the wishes of others as they prepare to celebrate Halloween.

While many young children will be putting on their scariest costumes and taking to the streets to take part in the annual tradition, for others this time of year is not so fun.

Malvern Hills District Council and West Mercia Police have produced a special ‘no trick or treat' poster which residents can download and display in the front window of their homes to alert callers they are not welcome.

Rob Rich, Community Safety and Resilience Manager at Malvern Hills District Council, said: "As a partnership we are asking people to respect the wishes of others.

"Whilst children should be able to make the most of the fun activities they should also bear in mind that there are those that do not wish to participate, and they should be allowed to enjoy their evenings without fear or annoyance".

PC Dave Wise, Malvern Safer Neighbourhoods Team said: "We want you to have a good time during Halloween and we also want you to remain safe. Halloween can often be a worrying and unnerving time for the elderly, vulnerable or those who live alone.

"If you are planning on going trick or treating, please be mindful of this advice and if a house is displaying a 'no trick or treaters' sign, please respect this."

Visit to download and print out the poster.