Notices will either welcome or deter Midlothian guisers this Halloween

There will be more than lanterns on display this Halloween
There will be more than lanterns on display this Halloween

Without wishing to be “killjoys”, Midlothian Community Safety Partnership has produced a digital Halloween card so that local residents can let trick or treaters know whether or not they are welcome.

Available for download at the Midlothian Council website (, the card is for people to display on their door or windows.

On one side it warns potential spooky visitors away, but to have a lovely evening. On the other it welcomes guisers dressed up for Halloween.

Residents can decide which side to display.

Councillor Owen Thompson (SNP), chair of the community safety partnership, said: “Halloween is a lot of fun, and it’s great to see everyone get into the spirit of things.

“We’re not trying to be killjoys but to remind people that not everyone welcomes strangers at their door and elderly or vulnerable can get particularly scared if they have a stranger at their door.”

Made up of key agencies, including the police, council, NHS Lothian Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Midlothian Community Safety Partnership works to reduce crime, improving how safe people feel and to promote safer, more inclusive and healthier communities.

What do you think of the cards - are they a sensible idea or further proof that Britain is becoming a ‘nanny state’?