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DT1 Crime Scene: Take care at Halloween
1:00pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
It seems scary to think that half term starts for many next week and speaking of scary, Halloween as usual falls within the middle of the school break.
In case you’re wondering, it all started in the Middle Ages apparently with All Hallows Even which was the day before ‘All Saints Day’ when saints and Martyrs were remembered through prayer.
Going door to door may be attributed to the act of ‘Souling’ when people knocked on doors and in exchange for ‘soul cakes’ offered prayers to lost souls.
Halloween today seems to be increasingly popular but not everyone likes to take part or welcomes a knock at the door.
We always see an increase in calls from people complaining about poor behaviour or feeling threatened and scared in their own homes.
Often these callers are elderly and vulnerable.
If you or your children are going out trick or treating please respect the wishes of others.
Many households make it obvious that they would either welcome visitors or they would not.
If you are going out as a group, particularly if you are older children, please visit homes you are known to and would expect and welcome a call.
If you knock on a door and the homeowner does not answer please behave sensibly and leave them in peace.
Your town centre Safer Neighbourhood team will be at the library on Thursday morning to give further advice which includes some posters you may wish to have for yourself or relatives, which indicate in a polite manner that you do not wish to receive trick or treat visitors.
The library has kindly offered us their facilities every Thursday morning and the town centre team will be there should you wish to pop in.
I hope that you all have a pleasant and trouble free half term and those taking part in Halloween stay safe and have fun.
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