While some Halloween activities will have to be paused this year, there are ways you and your family can enjoy spooky fun while staying safe from exposure to COVID-19.
Six spooktacular low risk activities:
- Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them in your window or outside
- Getting the Bake Off vibe and gather the household around to make ghoulish and tasty Halloween cakes and biscuits
- Celebrating with a household movie night with the people you live with and dress as your favourite characters
- Taking part in a ‘spot the pumpkin’ trail, where people display pumpkin or Halloween pictures in their windows and you have to try and find them all with your family (a good walk around the neighbourhood remembering to socially distance)
- Organising a Halloween scavenger hunt by hiding Halloween treats (and tricks) in and around your home for your children to find
- Having a virtual Halloween costume competition using a video chat app
Higher risk activities to avoid this Halloween:
- Traditional trick-or-treating, where sweets are handed to children who go door to door
- Attending a party where there are more than six people from different households
- Going to any event where people may be crowded together and screaming
Councillor Barry Nash, Chairman Community & Wellbeing Committee, said: “This year, we need all the fun we can get. Many of the Halloween traditions we have adopted over the last few years, such as trick or treating, carry a risk. The challenge is how to still have fun but to have it safely and consider how to make fun, Covid safe”.
If you are pumpkin carving, be careful to avoid pumpkin carving injuries. Children can draw a face with markers and then an adult can do the cutting. Consider putting a battery-operated light rather than an open-flame candle inside your carved masterpiece.