Trick or Treat? No thanks!

The "no trick or treat" poster designed by Barking and Dagenham Council

The "no trick or treat" poster designed by Barking and Dagenham Council - Credit: Archant

Trick or treat? If the answer to that question is neither, then a Halloween poster from the council is for you.

Residents not keen to take part in the ghoulish good fun of ALL Hallow’s Eve this October 31 can put up a polite poster in their window which reads: “Sorry to be such a terrible bore, but no trick or treat tonight at my door”.

They were produced by Barking and Dagenham Council who want to make sure the horror stays on the TV for those who are intimidated or distressed by having a gaggle of strangers knocking on their door late in the evening.

Cllr Jeanne Alexander, cabinet member for crime, justice and communities, said: “We are not trying to spoil the fun of Halloween but we would like trick or treaters to recognise that some people might be distressed by strangers knocking at their door during the evening.

“So, we are asking people not to call at houses displaying this poster.”


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The poster will be being distributed at community safety road shows, various events and Safer Neighbourhood Police meetings across the borough leading up to the 31 October.

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