YEP Says, October 31: Trick or treating tonight? Just do it responsibly

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It’s worth remembering this All Hallows Eve, that Halloween isn’t for everyone.

Please don’t think of us as killjoys - we’re as keen on hollowed-out pumpkins as the next person...and there’s no doubt the relatively recent Americanisation of this traditional custom has created a whole new kind of fun for families everywhere.

Indeed, we’ve been surprised and delighted by the volume of entries to our spooky stories competition and, well, looking at some of the dubious costumes worn in the city of an evening, it’s a festival that’s definitely not just for the kids.

Yes, Halloween has become a fun ‘adventure park’ festival all of its own.

It’s ancient roots in folklore and paganism all but lost amid glow-in-the-dark green and pink neon.

But let’s keep it that way Leeds. Let’s keep it fun. Try and scare the living daylights out of your pals by all means but for pity’s sake, let’s all stop and think before we smear on the fake blood and rush out to cause genuine fear and alarm.

Think of the people of nervous disposition, depressed people, the elderly, people who feel lonely and vulnerable.

What seems a great prank to a fit and healthy mischief-maker could feel to others like a full-blooded attack.

It’s not a joke when someone is left fearing for their property, their safety or even their life.

Enjoy the event; revel in the ghoulish and the spooky, but leave innocent bystanders out of it. Parents, make sure the kids trick or treat by appointment, that’s the way!

Respect people’s rights to shelter in their home undisturbed and let’s get through Halloween with no true nightmare stories to tell.

Like a phoenix from the ashes

One Of the city’s - and the country’s - leading dance companies, Phoenix Dance Theatre, turns 35 next year and will mark its birthday with an anniversary tour opening in the city.

From humble beginnings it has risen to take on the world. What a shining example of the glorious culture Leeds has to offer.

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