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Is it safe to trick or treat during the Covid-19 pandemic? Are there safer alternatives? Safety guidelines have warned us not to take part in the annual Halloween tradition of trick or treating due to the risk of infection. With the BBC speculating that Halloween should be cancelled. Infectious disease experts say the most significant risk in trick-or-treating is spending time in close contact with those who don’t live in your home. With the risks in mind you may be looking to spend Halloween a different way this year, here are five top tips for a safe Halloween.

Trick or treat sign
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Breaking with Tradition

While the coronavirus has halted most of our year, with lockdown birthdays, cancelled weddings and now Halloween celebrations, that shouldn’t be a reason to not dress up and enjoy an alternative celebration. However it is still complicated as parties, school events and indoor events carry more risk than being outside but knocking door to door still has risks.

There are some villages who want to take part but have opted for what they describe as covid safe, trick or treating as residents place a pumpkin in their window or on the doorstep and for everyone seen, parents will award a treat, rather than knocking on the door. It’s worth checking out Facebook events in your area to check it out.

Row of pumpkins
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Having a Safe Halloween at Home

Sometimes the best options are the ones spent in the comfort of your own home. There are multiple ways that you can still have a safe Halloween.

  1. Decorate or carve pumpkins and use them to decorate your porch.
  2. Use your house and decorate inside and/or outside. You could incorporate some Halloween crafts to keep the kids entertained.
  3. Have your own MINI Halloween party for your household. You can dress up, have some Halloween inspired treats, maybe baking your own and getting the children involved, you could take on the Easter egg hunt with a twist and hide Halloween treats either in the garden or the house. To take it a step further, you could make it a treasure hunt!
  4. You can never go wrong with a movie night! Make some Halloween inspired treats and make it a movie night feast. You can all dress up too!
  5. Finally, all get dressed up and walk around your local area, admiring all the pumpkins and decorations. You don’t need to knock on doors, and you could make a game out of it for younger ones with finding the scariest pumpkin or the most decorated house.
Three little ghosts
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Visting Your Local Pumpkin Patch

Over the last few years, thanks to influencers farms and pumpkin growers have opened up their crop and fields to the general public. You can pick your own pumpkins, take that instagrammable photo and grab some snacks from the food trucks dotted around (maybe just our one). They are often Halloween themed with spooky photo opporunities everywhere you turn.

There is usually a fee to enter, and due to Covid-19 restrictions, there are stipulations that you are from the same household and no more than six in a group (Not sure how flexible this is if you have a larger family so worth checking). Definitely a must with younger children!

Should I Answer the Door To Trick or Treaters?

Little Girl trick or treating
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There is no reason why you can’t answer the door. Short bursts of interaction offer the least risk, however, if you feel that this year you’d rather give it a miss this year, then please don’t feel guilty. If you are okay having little ones knocking on the door, make sure you hand sanitise and wash your hands regularly and it would be more than acceptable for you to wear a face covering.

There are ways that you can support your community. Leave treats in a bowl that children can help themselves to (under adult supervision), put out a pumpkin display for children to admire or have some spooky decorations to help get the youngsters into the mood.

Establishing Rules for a Safe Halloween

Trick or treating itself isn’t more at risk than your child being at school with 200 other pupils; staying in small family bubbles of six will make it safer. But there are ways to limit the chance of infection.

  1. Establish rules – Before leaving the house, please explain some simple rules to your children. No running around, you should stay in your six. If you have to choose sweets, take one, no dipping in and out of the bowl and beware of other people.

2. Bring hand sanitiser and wear masks if it makes you feel comfortable – We are all used to keeping hand sanitiser in our bags along with masks, so it is best to practise good hygiene, and after every few house visits or bowl touches, you sanitise your hands.

3. Be mindful of people, neighbours and those who are perhaps self-isolating – It goes without saying that while out and about you make sure to practise safe distancing, be cautious of the elderly and those who may be self-isolating. Only knock on doors that are obviously taking part due to their decorations.

One Final Note

Halloween can be a scary time for people with anxiety, mental health issues and the elderly so when out and about please remember to be mindful that some households may not react the way you want them to, they may find costumes intimidating so please don’t get angry or upset if someone doesn’t open the door or tells you to leave. Hopefully, with these tips, you will have an enjoyable and safe Halloween.

Wishing you a Happy Halloween, whatever you decide to do! May it be a safe and COVID-19 free one. Let me know below if you are celebrating or if it causes you a great deal of anxiety?

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    1. Thanks Lucy, years ago we used to have loads of them! So much so we used to go out for dinner to avoid sitting in the dark! But over the years parents have started realising that decorations and pumpkins usually show signs that you take part! To be safe, we lock our front gate! I just don’t want to get up every five minutes to disappoint the little ones. Plus there is always the odd ‘older’ child having a laugh. I do think certain areas get involved. Here in the UK we aren’t so big on it (thankfully) but it would make sense if whole streets got involved. 🙂

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