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Halloween 2020: Trick or Treat the Covid 19 edition

Like most things this year Halloween 2020 is going to be very different from previous years, but like we've had to do near enough every week here in the UK, we will have to adapt and find our own unique way of celebrating.

We will be still going all out this year with the decorating, both inside and out and yes we will still be doing trick or treating. A few weeks ago I ran a poll here on my site asking the question 'will you be letting your children go trick or treating this year?' and the results did surprise me.

I was approached by a journalist from a national newspaper this week and she asked me about the current climate and what my thoughts were on how this is going to effect Halloween and trick or treating and here's what I told her

"I think the current situation around Covid is that it is being used as another scape goat for cancelling an otherwise safe holiday tradition. We usually get quite busy at Halloween, last year we ran out of sweets and had to go out half way through to get more sweets!
Most people do respect others when it comes to trick or treating. I don't think the Government are giving the UK public enough credit when it comes to behaving properly, especially on Halloween. The majority of people out on 31st are children "

I'd love to know what your thoughts are. So what can you do instead of going trick or treating? well here are some ideas that I've had for you to have a go at this spooky season.

Pumpkin Hunt/Walk: Started by a Mum in Brooklyn, New York this is a really simple idea which sees those who want to take part place either a picture of a pumpkin or a real pumpkin in your front window. The idea is to spot as many as you can. There is a website for this event, www.halloweenpumpkinhunt.com and if you are taking part you can register your address on this site.

Family movie day/night: This year Halloween falls on a saturday, the perfect time for you all to gather around the TV and watch a few of your favourite scary movies. Throughout October we have been watching a scary movie every night. We've also been watching 'The Haunting of Bly Manor', really really good. Its now showing on Netflix, highly worth a watch!

Late night nature walk bingo: why not go for a night time walk with your family (rule of 6) and spot as many Halloween themed animals as you can. You can find a bingo card I've made here. Good luck!

Halloween cooking/baking: Like Christmas this is the time of year where you can get creative in the kitchen with both baking and cooking Halloween treats. There are so many different ideas for you to try, one of my favourites is the graveyard cheesecake, you can watch the vlog we made to see how to make it. Click here.

Zoom family Halloween fashion show: Still dressing up and nowhere to go? Well why not invite the whole family around, virtually, and host an online Halloween costume fashion show?!

I hope these have given you some good ideas of what you can do as an alternative to going trick or treating. But there is absolutely no reason (well at the moment) for you not to go out trick or treating as long as you are sensible, wear a mask and wash your hands!

Happy Halloween!

Love DB x

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