HAMPSHIRE Police are preparing themselves for potentially chaotic night as Halloween falls on Saturday during a Harvest Moon.

Life pre-coronavirus saw the streets filled which children in spooky outfits knocking on neighbours doors shouting ‘trick or treat’.

And it isn’t just a night for children as adults and students would often swarm to pubs, clubs and house parties dressed as saucy skeletons covered in fake blood.

This Halloween however, will look dramatically different with police on patrol to ensure the public follow social distancing measures and the rule of six.

Hampshire Constabulary, along with its partners, is urging people to be sensible and stay safe over the autumn festive period.

In a statement they said: “We know how much people look forward to Halloween and the bonfire/fireworks night and clearly we don’t want to spoil any fun after a tough year, but it’s so important that people stay safe during this time and fully consider the risks with the ongoing pandemic.

“Trick or treating is being discouraged in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, as are Hallowe’en and bonfire parties that break the current social distancing rules set out by the Government.

“Our partners in the four council areas have issued specific advice and have suggested fun alternatives which means you can still celebrate with others whilst limiting the spread of the coronavirus.”

They warn residents that neighbourhood officers will be on patrol in the evenings in your area to tackle any anti-social behaviour and breaches of the Covid-19 guidelines.

 “As we increase our patrols, please remember that this is an extremely busy time for officers and call takers in the control room. We are asking our communities to think before you call 999 or 101.”

They ask all those reporting a non-emergency crime do so through the online reporting form on their website.