Whether you’re Count Dracula himself, a Mummy or a little devil, if you’re planning to have a scream this Halloween, spare a thought for those who might be dreading the night.

Torbay Council's Executive Lead for Safer Communities, Highways, Environment and Sport, Councillor Robert Excell, said: “Halloween can be fangtastic fun and a real scream, but it’s not for everybody. We would like people in Torbay to enjoy Halloween, whether they decide to take part in the celebrations or to avoid them completely.”

During the run up to and on Halloween Torbay Council’s Community Safety Team and Devon and Cornwall Police will be reminding local shopkeepers of their right to refuse to sell eggs and flour to any person who they believe isn’t planning on making a tasty cake, but instead intends to use the items for anti-social purposes.

Community Safety Sergeant Jeff Coe from Devon and Cornwall Police said “It’s not our intention to spoil well spirited spooky fun this Halloween, but those choosing to avoid the celebrations should have their wishes respected. Anti-Social Behaviour and other disorder will not be tolerated in Torbay.

“On Halloween we ask all parents and guardians to check the whereabouts of their little monsters and to ensure that they are accompanied by a responsible adult when ‘Trick or Treating’. Whilst there are lots of residents who are happy to take part in providing children with tasty treats, some residents including older people and those who may be more vulnerable are entitled not to be called upon. Please remind children that ‘Trick or Treating’ is a game, not a right, and if someone doesn’t want to play that must be respected”.

No Trick, No Treat, No Thanks posters can be downloaded from www.safercommunitiestorbay.org.uk/Halloween. A limited number of posters for those who do not have access to the internet or a printer will also be made available in Torbay libraries.

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