Police and councils across Rutland and Leicestershire are hoping to reduce the number of calls they receive on halloween by encouraging people to trick-or-treat only where they are invited.
The joint campaign is being launched to reduce the number of complaints about halloween-related anti-social behaviour, with special double-sided posters being distributed to help residents.
Those who want Trick-or-Treaters can display the message: “Trick-or-Treaters Welcome Here”.
Those who don’t can display the reverse side which reads: “No Thanks Trick-or-Treaters”.
The poster is at www.rutland.gov.uk for anyone who wishes to download it.
Chief Insp Sian Walls, at Leicestershire Police, said; “We always see an increase in calls relating to anti-social behaviour on Halloween and we want to encourage trick-or-treaters to respect people’s wishes and not to knock on doors where they are not welcome.
“It is also important to remember that there will be many young people knocking on doors in the spirit of Halloween and, if done in the right manner, that isn’t anti-social behaviour it can be fun.
“We want to encourage residents to be tolerant of young people who are trick-or-treating but we wish to support residents who do experience genuine problems.
Anyone who wants to report anti-social behaviour can call police on 101.