Trick or Treat? It’s Not Compulsory

If you don’t want to be bothered by trick or treaters this weekend, print out this poster and display it clearly in your windows.

Tomorrow night sees the return of Hallowe’en and a time when lots of youngsters pound the streets, knocking on doors and expecting goodies in return.

Trick or Treat? Make Your ChoiceHouseholders on the Island who would prefer not to be bothered by children and teenagers ‘trick or treating’ are being advised to print out and put up a copy of this poster clearly on display in their windows.

Last year, we had a group of 15-16 year olds knock on our door, when we opened it there they were, with hands out, waiting expectantly for a handful of goodies.

Not being fans of ‘trick or treating’ we weren’t prepared with bags of sweets, but even if we had been, it’s unlikely we would have given them any.

Why? Because they hadn’t even made the effort to dress up.

Anyway, the advice from Police is that if you don’t want to have to answer to door to ‘trick or treaters’ then put the poster in your window and hopefully the young things will respect your wishes and not shove toothpaste through your letterbox or decorate your front garden with toilet roll!

Click on the image above to see a larger version that you can print out.

Friday, 30th October, 2009 4:31pm



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I know a lot of people in my year do go around being idiots like this, but I keep in the spirit of Halloween and trick or treat with my younger brother and sister :)


The best way to deal with trick or treating is to take out the batteries from your door bell and make sure the hall light is turned off for the evening. Very effective!



if any kids knock on my door tonight, i’ll be ready with the appropriate kit to celebrate national bug busting day!!

it’s ok and sweet for very little ones (say 4 or 5) to come knocking for treats but in my neck of the woods it tends to be feral youths looking for easy targets from whom to extort cash!!

Jeano Roid

No treat? you get tricked. Expect it.


Sounds like a good way to have your mailbox pooped in. Just turn off all the lights, and go out for a night on the town. Its a lot more insulting to tell people “we don’t participate in X” than to just not be there.