PEOPLE should not feel intimidated into opening the door to trick or treaters.
Police have urged callers to show common sense on Hallowe'en next Tuesday and respect others.
Russ says: "We understand that trick or treat has now become a major event for young children.
"And it should really be kept to young children who go to neighbours' homes accompanied by their parents.
"Ideally, let the neighbours know you're calling so they are prepared.
"It's not for youths to go in terrifying masks to intimidate people into feeling they should hand over money at the door.
"Make the treats quite simple, such as sweets for small children.
"The older youngsters will soon get the message that it's not a night for them and stop calling.
"Our advice is do not hand over any money at all.
"And we would urge relatives of elderly people to remind them not to feel obliged to open their doors to anyone.
"If it is young children they will quickly move on to another house if no-one answers."
Russ said the same advice also went for callers wanting a penny for the Guy.
"If possible, look out of the window - and if you don't want to answer the door then don't," he says.
"Certainly, do not feel intimidated or stressed to do so.
"And if you do open the door always put the chain on.
"If you are especially worried about being alone on such nights invite a friend or relative round for the evening."