Keep your little 'ghouls' safe

NEIGHBOURHOODS across Queensland can expect an invasion of little ghouls, zombies and witches tonight as Halloween continues to gain popularity in Australia.

Senior Sergeant Kim Jackson from the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Branch said while the Queensland Police Service was prepared for a Halloween zombie outbreak, 'trick-or-treaters' should be aware of potential dangers.

"Over the last few years there has certainly been an increase in the number of Queenslanders actively celebrating Halloween," she said.

"While it can be a really fun night, some in the community are rightly concerned that 'trick or treating' under the wrong conditions can be dangerous for our young ones.

"By taking a few minutes to familiarise you with our special Halloween safety tips, we can ensure tonight is a 'frightful' event for all the right reasons."

Police suggest trick-or-treaters should:

  • Be accompanied by a mother or father monster at all times (or another responsible adult)
  • Walk, not run, between houses and stick to the footpath rather than the road - dark costumes can decrease your visibility to passing motorists
  • Never enter a stranger's house, not 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!
  • Consider joining your friends on your neighbourhood adventure - there is safety in numbers.

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