Trick or treat will be the question on many people’s lips tomorrow night as Halloween swoops in with a bunch of witches and ghouls to send a shiver down the spine, and police are asking people to keep it safe.
Acting Senior Sergeant Phil Ward said Halloween sent a different message to what police usually broadcast.
‘‘It’s one of those quirky things which flies in the face of us telling kids not to take treats from strangers.’’
While there had not been major issues in the past, parents should still take measures to keep their children safe, he said.
‘‘Children need to be supervised properly... by an adult, not just an older sibling.’’
Mr Ward said children should stick to familiar neighbourhoods and not be out too late.
If they were out after dark, they should wear reflective clothing or carry around something like a glow stick to make themselves visible, he said.
What to wear is often the hardest part of Halloween.
Abbey Theatre Costume Hire owner Debbie Boniface said it didn’t have to be all scary monsters and super freaks.
Mrs Boniface said she had spent many years in America and it was common to see fairies and butterflies walking the streets, not blood-spattered horror movie characters.
‘‘It’s more about the dressing up, not the gore,’’ she said.
She said business had been a bit slower this year than previous years in the King St shop, but expected it to pick up today and tomorrow.
‘‘A lot of people come in at the last minute and hire things.’’
- © Fairfax NZ News
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