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6:01am 31st October 2013

There is a Halloween warning about carrying fake knives to go trick or treating in Cornwall.

Officials are urging parents to make sure their children's pretend weapons are made of cardboard.

In a list of safety tips Safer Cornwall says: "Some costumes – coupled with the excitement of Halloween – can encourage aggressive behaviour.

"Even fake knives, swords and other costume accessories can hurt or scare people. Make sure your kids understand this and that any potentially dangerous items are made of cardboard or other flexible materials."

Police have launched an official poster that people can download if they do not want to be disturbed tonight. You can download it here.

Neighbourhood policing Inspector Paul Morgan said: “In recent years we have seen an increase in the number of people dressing up and participating in Halloween fun. 

"We ask that anyone wishing to trick-or-treat consider other people, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, as they may get worried if strangers are continually calling at the door during the evening.

“We do not want to discourage anyone or spoil anyone’s fun, but we would remind trick-or-treaters that some people do not want to be disturbed and we would ask people not to call at homes displaying this poster.”

To have a fun and safe Halloween follow these top tips:
 
• Always be accompanied by an adult when you are trick-or-treating.
• Only go to houses of people you know and who are happy for you to call.
• Stay safe, keep to places that you know and are well lit. Do not take short cuts through gardens, alleyways or parks.
• Watch out for traffic - drivers might not see you.
• If you are wearing a mask make sure that you can see where you are going and are aware of your surroundings.
• Carry a torch and a fully charged mobile phone (if you have one).

6:01am 31st October 2013

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