Halloween is creeping up on us…

Friday Oct 29, 2021

Halloween is creeping up on us, and while we all love a good scare and trick or treating, you don’t want to be worrying about coronavirus.

Here is a reminder of the UK Covid rules and a few tips to have a Covid-secure Halloween.

Although most coronavirus restrictions have been relaxed, many people are still proceeding with caution.

Where does that leave the Halloween tradition of trick or treating?

Last year, many regions of the UK were under tough restrictions, preventing households from mixing, so trick or treating was forbidden.

This year there is no such rule, but there is still some public health guidance you should follow to keep you, your kids and your neighbours safe.

Keep testing

First of all, make sure you are testing regularly. If you know you’re going out to a big event like a Halloween party, or going trick or treating, it’s a good idea to take a lateral flow test before and after the event, to check that you’re not Covid positive.

Don’t forget, some people won’t have any symptoms, so it’s a good idea to take a test even if you feel fine.

If you take a lateral flow test and the result is positive, you must self-isolate immediately and arrange for a PCR test to confirm the result.

There’s a particularly nasty winter cold going around now too, so even if it’s not coronavirus, if you’re sneezing and coughing you might think twice before knocking on every door in your neighbourhood. Why not stay at home with a scary movie instead!

Wear a mask

Well, this is very fitting advice for Halloween, but this doesn’t refer to your classic werewolf or vampire mask.

Wearing a mask when you’re meeting lots of people can prevent germs spreading through droplets in the air. How about customising your mask to make it part of your costume?

Keep fresh air circulating

As trick or treating takes place outside, this is a good way to reduce the risk of spreading Covid. However, if you’re planning on inviting some friends round for a Halloween party, make sure you open a few windows to keep the air circulating.

What are Covid-safe Halloween ideas?

With trick or treating allowed to go ahead this year, you can take a few precautions to ensure that you have a safe and spooky time.

However, if you’re still not keen on the idea of knocking on lots of people’s doors, there’s plenty of other activities you can do to get into the season.

You can celebrate at home by carving pumpkins (try some of our design templates HERE), playing board games (we recommend ‘Stupid Deaths’; available in our Quadrant Department Stores), baking Halloween themed recipes (visit the recipe section of our website for ideas) and watching your favourite scary movies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you still want to give the trick or treaters something, but don’t fancy meeting them at the door, why not put a bowl of sweets on the doorstep and invite them to help themselves?

A day out pumpkin picking is another great way to get into the season, while being outdoors and avoiding interacting too much with other households. There are some based in Essex that we think look great. CLICK HERE for more details.

You could also carry on 2020’s trend of the Zoom virtual quiz, and get your friends together for a Halloween-themed Zoom quiz.

PS: Also remember the clocks go back on Sunday 31st October at 2am, so you get an extra hour of Halloween to enjoy this year.