Following Gordon Brown's announcement of a snap Halloween election, the Government has recommended that election agents knocking on people's doors should dress differently from trick or treaters, to avoid confusion.
Election agents are to wear suits if they are men, and skirts and blouses if they are women. Trick or treaters, on the other hand, will wear an assortment of Halloween clothing, ranging from witch masks to ghost costumes. They will also be at least a foot shorter than election agents. The public is being warned not to confuse the two sets of irritating door-callers.
A Government spokeswoman said:
"Most of the electorate will recognise the difference between election agents and trick or treaters, but we felt it necessary to give this warning. We invite the public to take special care with some MPs like Anne Widdecombe, who has been mistaken for a trick or treater before, and John Redwood, who looks like a Vulcan."
Also, while it is okay to give money or sweets to trick or treaters, giving gifts to election agents will be frowned upon, unless they are a down payment on a peerage bribe.