POLICE have issued a poster for people worried about trick or treaters this Hallowe’en.
The poster is available to download here and can be displayed near the door. It asks for trick or treaters not to call at the house.
Neighbourhoods and partnership lead officer chief inspector Jerry Patterson said: "Every year Hampshire Constabulary receives calls from people frightened by trick or treaters in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight."
Elderly or vulnerable people have been advised that if they feel threatened, they should contact the police.
Police also issued advice for people with children going trick or treating:
• Make sure children wear reflective clothing or tape.
• Carry a torch and consider road safety.
• Make sure children go out in a group, preferably with an adult.
• Older children should let parents know where they are going and when they will be back.
• Children should carry a mobile phone.
• Children should not enter anyone’s house or accept lifts from stangers.
Local shops have been issued with posters which remind shoppers that eggs and flour will not be sold to under 16s in the days before October 31.