The Federal Criminal Police Office (BK) has issued a press release, explaining that many Halloween pranks are prohibited, and warning that they will be keeping a close eye on possible infractions this weekend.
Parents have been asked to instruct their kids that Halloween vandalism and other acts covered by the criminal code will be handled by the courts, and that even if offenders are under 14-years-old, victims can sue their parents in civil court in case of property damage.
Typical stunts at this time of year including throwing eggs at houses or cars, setting fire to mailboxes, throwing stones at windows, destroying flowerbeds, overturning garbage cans and spraying graffiti.
Threatening residents who fail to offer a 'treat' as well as stealing candy from younger children are considered punishable offences, and noise pollution will also not be tolerated, according to police spokesman Mario Hejl.
The police recommend that citizens empty any flammable material from or around mailboxes, and place cars, motorcycles and bicycles in protected parking. Toys, garden furniture and other portable items should not be left outdoors if possible. Driveways and gardens should be well-lit to discourage vandals, Hejl said.