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Halloween full of treats

PUBLISHED: 02:11 02 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:46 03 March 2010

A TRIMLEY neighbourhood watch group told today how Halloween can be full of treats without the dirty tricks, thanks to a little forward planning and co-operation between the generations.

A TRIMLEY neighbourhood watch group told today how Halloween can be full of treats without the dirty tricks, thanks to a little forward planning and co-operation between the generations.

Dave Hazel of Trimley St Martin neighbourhood watch said that scores of youngsters enjoyed a "brilliant" party last night – bucking a trend that saw trick-or-treaters across Suffolk condemned by police for turning this year's Halloween celebrations into a night of shame.

More than 25 two to 11-year-olds took part in an evening of fun organised by the Mill Close and Heathfields neighbourhood watch group.

The night began with a fancy dress competition before youngsters were split into groups and escorted by an adult to households that had consented to a trick-or-treat visit. Homeowners even got in on the act with a special "scariest house" competition.

"The idea was that people who do not believe in Halloween or don't like trick-or-treat were not disturbed," said Mr Hazel who is also the Suffolk representative on the national neighbourhood watch association.

"We want to keep these events going for children in an organised way, then they don't have to go to the extra lengths to find entertainment."

The group has held an annual Halloween party for about four years and also puts on other children's events around Easter.

"We want to work with the children so that they can see that we as adults what them to have a good life," added Mr hazel.

"We are finding that the children are coming to talk to us. We are really building up a good relationship."

N However elsewhere in the county Suffolk police estimated that they received up to 300 calls from worried residents after trick-or-treat games turned nasty.

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