Police in Peterborough Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire say they’ll take tough action against troublemakers on Halloween.
Officers will be patrolling to make sure trick or treaters behave themselves and don’t spoil it for the genuine ones.
Officers have also distributed posters for people to put in their windows if they don’t want to answer the door to trick or treaters.
The fire services in the area are also issuing safety advice to youngsters- see below;
Keep clear of all flames such as candles and lit pumpkins, which could cause costumes to catch fire or cause burns.
Be careful how you dress on Halloween. Homemade costumes and some costumes bought in shops can be flammable.
Plan your trick or treat route beforehand. Only go to houses where you or your friends know the residents. Always go in groups.
When trick or treating, children should stay in well-lit areas and should never go without an adult.
Costumes should not be used to genuinely frighten people – particularly those who may be elderly or vulnerable.
If clothing catches fire, remember to STOP, DROP and ROLL. STOP where you are. Do not run. DROP to the ground. Lie down flat. ROLL over and over on the ground until the flames are out.
If using candles, make sure they are out when you leave the room. Never leave children alone with candles.
Do not use real candles in lanterns and pumpkins, use battery operated lights.
Do not make lanterns from plastic bottles/containers. This could be dangerous and could result in burns and cause fire.