Halloween: Holly Lodge Estate lays down the law of trick or treating
Cars will be stopped and people asked where they are going to supply a name and address if visiting
30 October, 2017 — By Geoffrey Sawyer
IT is the Halloween custom which has mushroomed in popularity over the last 20 years as youngsters dressed in ghoulish costumes head off in search of sweet treats.
But concerns over the possibility of doorstep ‘trick or treating’ getting out of hand has led one estate to lay down a set of six rules to ensure “everything runs smoothly”.
The Holly Lodge Estate in Highgate has set a 7.30pm cut off and to keep numbers to small groups ahead of tomorrow’s (Tuesday’s) fright nights. Posters warn that visitors driving in from outside of the estate will have to explain where they are going,
The rules of trick or treating in Highgate read:
- Trick or treating between 5.00 and 7.30pm only please.
- This is an event especially for younger children so please ensure adequate supervision.
- Small groups are preferable.
- If a porch light is off, please respect this and do not ring the bell or perform a trick.
- Gates at the top will be shut from 5pm on October 31 to 11am on November 1
- In order to control traffic and also to maintain our ‘private estate’ status, the Swain’s Lane gates will also be closed for the evening. Cars will be stopped and people asked where they are going to supply a name and address if visiting.
Police across Camden are preparing to crack down on any bad behaviour on Halloween and have warned they will use ‘dispersal’ powers to send any groups of people in costume home,