Devon and Cornwall Police are taking steps to ensure that Halloween is a happy and safe time for everyone, whether young or old. It is also offering people the opportunity to opt out from trick-or-treat visits.
The "Sorry... no trick or treat this Halloween" campaign encourages residents who do not want to be bothered by trick-or-treaters to place the poster on the front door or window of their home.
Neighbourhood policing Inspector Paul Morgan said: "Halloween activities are really popular and have grown immensely in recent years. For many people it is a fun event, where you get the chance to dress up and go out with friends.
"Whilst not wishing to discourage any of that, we ask trick-or-treaters to consider that there are some people, particularly elderly and vulnerable, who get worried if strangers call at the door during the evening.
"We're not here to ruin people's fun but we would urge trick-or-treaters to be aware that some people do not want to be disturbed. We would ask people not to call at homes displaying this poster."
You can download the poster from http://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/halloween or cut it out from the newspaper.
The Police offer these six "top tips" for young people at Halloween:
• Always be accompanied by an adult when you are trick-or-treating.
• You should only go to houses of people that you know and who are happy for you to call.
• Stay safe, keep to places that you know and are well lit. Do not take short cuts through gardens, alleyways or parks.
• Watch out for traffic - drivers might not see you.
• If you are wearing a mask make sure that you can see where you are going and are aware of your surroundings.
• Carry a torch and a fully charged mobile phone (if you have one).