Pumpkins at night
Halloween pumpkins at night

Stay safe this Halloween

With Halloween on the horizon, many people will be wondering how to plan a celebration which sticks to Covid restrictions. While spooky plans will definitely have to look a little different this year, there are still loads of ways to have fun.

Tier 2 restrictions that come into effect at 00.01 on Saturday 31 October mean that large gatherings will not be able to go ahead this year, and usual Halloween traditions like trick-or-treating and apple-bobbing are off the menu. But you can still have fun at home dressing up, decorating the house or holding a virtual event with your family and friends.

Julia Weldon, director of Public Health at Hull City Council, said: “We want people to have fun, but it’s vital to do it safely. As with many things this year, the usual ways to celebrate together simply cannot go ahead.

“Our message is clear – trick-or-treating and parties should not be happening. It’s just not possible to do either of those things safely.

“Instead, look for traditional things you can still do – pumpkin carving or dressing up – and replace in-person plans with virtual versions”.

Here are our top tips and ideas on how you can get involved and stay safe this year.

Five fun things to do this Halloween:

  • Have a Halloween movie night with people you live with – pick your favourite spooky film
  • Decorate your household or bake some Halloween treats – decorate the house and make Halloween themed treats!
  • Have a trick or treat hunt with your household members in your home – hide sweets around the house and hunt them down.
  • Carve and decorate pumpkins and display them in your windows – who can make the scariest face? Display them in your windows for all your neighbours to see.
  • Have a virtual Halloween costume contest or pumpkin carving contest – have a costume or pumpkin carving contest with your friends and family by using skype or zoom.

Remember if you or a member of your household has any coronavirus symptoms you must immediately isolate and get tested. Find out more government guidance here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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