Police are advising parents to keep their children safe when out guising on Hallowe’en.

As people prepare to go guising, attend parties or head out for a night on the town to celebrate Hallowe’en, police say they are working to ensure the event passes safely.

PC Colin Johnson, Preventions and Interventions officer for North Ayrshire said: “Police across Ayrshire are committed to keeping people safe and to working with our partners and communities to do so.

“We hope everyone taking part in the festivities of Hallowe’en has a great time but it is important to respect the views of others and act responsibly.”

Parents and young people are advised to stay in well-lit areas and consider carrying a torch, don’t frighten elderly people or younger children and not to enter a house unless you know the person. Young children should always be with an adult. Older children should ensure they are with friends.

If a sign says ‘No trick or treat’, respect that person’s wishes and move on, be visible, it will be dark and it’s important that passing traffic can see you and if you have a mobile phone, make sure you look after it so that parents/guardian can keep in touch.

Police also advise youngsters to tell their parents or guardian where you are going and what time you will be back and if you are given money keep it hidden away in a wallet or clothing.

Remember that it might be raining so wear appropriate clothing that keeps you dry but still lets you show off your costume.

Anyone with concerns about crime in their area is encouraged to contact their local policing team by calling Police Scotland on 101 (always dial 999 in an emergency).