GHOSTS and ghouls and things that go bump in the night are part of the fun of Hallowe'en but all too often the "celebrations" can be a real nightmare for local communities as trick or treat hi-jinks get out of control.
To draw attention to the problems caused by this Plymouth & South West Co-operative has joined forces with Devon & Cornwall Constabulary to launch a poster awareness campaign.
Posters will be displayed in all Co-op stores, local libraries and community centres to draw attention to key safety messages around Halloween and firework nights.
These include Hallowe'en safety advice for youngsters going out trick or treating such as agreeing a set route with parents/guardians and a time to return home.
Tim Pearce, Chief Operating Officer of the Food division of Plymouth & South West Co-operative Society, said: "We work extremely hard to provide our communities with the service they deserve and take our responsibility to those communities seriously. At this time of year we are particularly conscious of the distress caused by a small number of people who are involved in trick and treat activities who use eggs and flour to make people's lives a misery.
"We are delighted to be working with the police on this initiative and hope it will make people stop and think before they get involved with this type of antisocial behaviour. After all, Hallowe'en and fireworks should be fun for children of all ages and we want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time."
P.C. Paul Fryer, Neighbourhood Beat Manager for North Prospect in Plymouth, said: "Police want people to enjoy themselves at Hallowe'en and Bonfire Night – but to show consideration for local residents.
"We will be conducting high-visibility patrols to help ensure that people behave responsibly on these dates. Antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated."