Updated: Oct 8, 2020
Lets be honest, 2020 hasn't been the best of years so far has it. I'm sure many of you who, last New Year, were posting that 2020 was to be your year are now wondering just what on earth would have happened if it wasn't to be your year.
However, whilst "adults" argued over toilet rolls and politicians dithered over what to do, our children have just carried on. Resilient and adaptable as ever but with many of their fun activities curtailed.
The traditions of Samhain, from trick or treating to apple bobbing, are not what you'd describe as Covid safe. So, does this mean Halloween is cancelled this year?
Dr Chris Smith is a virologist from the University of Cambridge and he shares some hope for our younger generation.
“If you do something that increases your contact with other people, you automatically increase their risk and your risk,” he says. But by taking precautions, Dr Smith says it’s still safe to enjoy Halloween.
"Because it's Halloween I'd say people are quite likely to be wearing a mask anyway so if they can make a face covering work it's way into their costume then even better," he adds.
If you are considering trick or treating this year it's worth bearing in mind that any activity which involves close contact with others increases yours and their risk of catching COVID-19. Therefore you must observe social distancing, stand well back when knocking on doors and keep a bottle of hand sanitiser to hand for regular use.
It's perhaps worth avoiding homes of elderly or vulnerable neighbours, perhaps agreeing in advance which houses are happy for you to visit.
There is also the question of how to handle the treats. Lots of tiny hands scrabbling for sweets isn't going to be too hygienic. One solution could be to provide confectionery which are individually wrapped to prevent them being shoved straight into little mouths.
Safer still, why not consider leaving your treats on the doorstep for people to help themselves to or, tie individual bags to a tree or fence post.
So, if like us, you're planning on keeping the little ones at home this October 31st, does this mean Halloween is cancelled this year? Not necessarily.
In this household Halloween is a chance to decorate the house, get cozy and spend time with the children without the commercial pressures of Christmas. With that in mind, here's five suggestions for things you could do as a family this spooky season.
Organise a Halloween treasure hunt within your own household. Or, take the wee ones out hunting decorations. Make a score card and reward with a treat each time a pumpkin is spotted.
Host a virtual party with themed games and music.
Watch a scary movie with the family. Don't forget the snacks.
Decorate your own house and organise a spooky trail, avoiding face-to-face contact.
Try reverse trick or treating by dropping off pre-packed sweets on neighbours' doorsteps.
Of course, don't neglect the build up. Use some of my Halloween wax melts to help create the atmosphere, then you can have lots of fun together making your own home made decorations. Here's a video from Craft Factory of 10 super easy crafts you can do at home. Let us know how you get on with them .
How ever you and your loves ones decide to spend this Halloween and Guy Fawkes night, please remember to follow the current COVID 19 advice in your areas. The UK government has not issued any official guidance on Halloween yet but is likely to do so closer to the time so stay current and keep yourselves and your family safe.
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Have a spooktacular Halloween.