Gold Coasters urged to display “welcome” and “no thanks” trick or treat posters tonight

Gold Coasters wishing to join in on the Halloween fun tonight are being encouraged to download and display free “Welcome” Trick or Treat posters at the front of their home.

Although this spooky night is a treat for many, police say they understand that not everybody welcomes Trick or Treaters, so they’ve also created a ‘No Thanks’ Trick or Treat poster.

“Little zombies, ghosts and witches will soon take to the streets alongside bigger monsters and mummies to celebrate Halloween,” Queensland police said in a statement.


“Halloween continues to gain popularity in Australia, however not everybody in Queensland celebrates this spooktacular night and some may find a group of young vampires or skeletons on their doorstep very confronting.”

“To help you indicate if Trick or Treaters are welcome at your house, or if you wish not to be disturbed, we’ve created posters to be displayed at your doorstep or letterbox.”

If Trick or Treaters are welcome at your home, you can download and print the poster here: colour and b&w.

If you do not wish to participate, you can download and print the ‘No thanks’ poster here.

Police have also released a list of tips for Trick or Treaters to ensure their safety:

  • Be accompanied by a mother or father monster at all times (or another responsible witch, ghost or vampire);
  • Black cats love to slink around, but you should walk, not run, between houses and stick to the footpath rather than the road. Black cats don’t want to be seen, and for good reason, but if you wear black, it will reduce your visibility to passing motorists;
  • Never enter a stranger’s house, even if they have invited you in after knocking on their door; and
  • Consider joining your friends on your neighbourhood adventure – there is safety in numbers.