Twenty-two per cent of people thought trick or treating should be banned this year, says a survey published today.

Fifty per cent would welcome a compulsory parental accompaniment for children who want to trick or treat.

The report, commissioned by Santander Insurance, said that 43 per cent of people want kids and adults to be banned from wearing masks that obscure their faces.

One in three wish to see hooded tops banned, while 38 per cent would like to see curfews for groups of youths at this time of year.

One in four adults has had their home damaged during this period and one in eight has suffered damage from eggs being thrown at their home or in their garden.

A spokesman for Santander said: “The summer’s riots resulted in a huge amount of innocent people becoming victims of crime.

“Our research would suggest that there is genuine concern about any more criminal damage or anti-social behaviour taking place in the period that surrounds Halloween and bonfire night – a period which many people already find intimidating.”