Not everyone enjoys or wants to take part in Halloween. If you know someone who would rather not have trick or treaters call at their home, you can download our 'no trick or treat' sign for their front door or window - the link is at the bottom of this page.

If you have young children: 

  • Never let them go trick or treating on their own.
  • Make sure they only visit people known to your family.

If you have teenagers:

  • Make sure they are not going to be using alcohol, or play a trick on someone using flour or eggs.
  • Make it clear that if a 'no trick or treat' sign is displayed, they should leave straightaway.
  • Advise them to stay in a group and never go into the home of someone they don't know.
  • Make sure they know not to frighten people.


Celebrate safely

  • Fireworks can hurt and frighten people and animals – always follow the firework code.
  • Always supervise children around fireworks and never give sparklers to a child under 5.
  • It’s safer to go to an organised display – if you’re aged 18 or over and still want to buy your own fireworks, only buy those marked BS 7114:1988 from a reputable retailer.

Know the law

It's an offence to:

  • sell adult fireworks to anyone under 18
  • have adult fireworks in a public place if you are under 18
  • have fireworks meant for a professional display
  • let off fireworks after 11pm and before 7am, except on Bonfire Night (allowed up to midnight), New Year’s Eve, Diwali and the Chinese New Year (all allowed up to 1am).

You can be fined up to £5,000 and imprisoned for up to 6 months for selling or using fireworks illegally. You could also get an on-the-spot fine of £90.

For more details on fireworks at the law visit www.gov.uk/fireworks-the-law.

Need help?

Halloween and fireworks night are busy times of year for the police. Please only call 999 in an emergency.

You can report a non-urgent incident or crime online.

Alternatively you can visit our advice pages for information and guidance on a range of issues.