Police issue warning to trick or treaters this Halloween

LITTLE zombies, ghosts and witches are set to take to the streets tonight alongside bigger monsters and mummies to celebrate Halloween.

Acting Senior Sergeant Vicki Barrett said while the Queensland Police Service was prepared to respond to poltergeists wreaking havoc across the state, ‘trick or treaters’ should be aware of other more likely dangers.

“We’ve seen a real increase in the number of people actively celebrating Halloween in Queensland over the last few years,” she said.


“It can be a really fun night, but some in the community are rightly concerned that children ‘trick or treating’ can be dangerous without the appropriate safeguards.

“By taking a few minutes to plan ahead and familiarise yourself with our safety tips, we can ensure tonight is ‘frightful’ for all the right reasons.”

Police said trick or treaters should:
• 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;
• Be aware that not everybody celebrates Halloween, and some may find a group of young witches, zombies or Frankenstein’s Bride on their door step very confronting!; and
• Consider joining your friends on your neighbourhood adventure – there is safety in numbers.

Acting Senior Sergeant Barrett said many people will also be taking advantage of Halloween falling on a Friday night to attend parties and head out for a drink.

“Halloween is a great excuse to have a get together and a few drinks with friends, but perhaps over indulging on lollies instead of alcohol will mean you’re a bit less of a Hellraiser,” she said.

“Maybe leave your broom at home. If you’re seeing low-flying witches, that might be a good sign to catch a cab instead of driving. We won’t tolerate anyone putting lives at risk on our roads.

“Also make sure if you’re drinking, you keep your ghoul. Once punch can kill, so it’s really not worth the risk. It might be the night for mysterious phone calls after dark, but I’m sure your loved ones don’t want to be woken in the middle of the night with bad news.

“Have fun, don’t get too stuck into the spirits and do everything possible to ensure your Halloween doesn’t turn into a Nightmare on Caxton Street.”