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Celebrate Halloween spookily… and safely

Halloween news story

Parents planning Halloween fun this year are being asked to remember the importance of Hands, Face, Space and the Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions currently in force in Harrow.

Like most things in 2020, Halloween is going to be a little different this year – gone, unfortunately, is trick-or-treating - as this offers an ideal way for the virus to travel between houses.

In its place, some imaginative ideas to help your family have a scream.

These include spotting pumpkins or Halloween decorations in your neighbourhood. Take to the streets in ghoulish garb and give your child a sweet whenever they find another household entering into the Halloween spirit.

Join the fun by colouring in and displaying a Halloween poster in your window. Local business forum, Harrow BID, offer a scary selection below:

Other ideas include:

  • Organising a Halloween treasure hunt within your own household
  • Hosting a virtual party with themed games and music
  • Watching a scary movie with the family
  • Decorating your own house and organising a spooky trail, avoiding face-to-face contact
  • Trying reverse trick-or-treating by dropping off pre-packed sweets on neighbours' doorsteps

There is also a pumpkin trail at Headstone Manor.

Cllr Krishna Suresh, Community Cohesion and Crime Portfolio Holder, said:

“Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic is ongoing keeping residents safe is rightly our number one priority, but this does not mean that our celebrations must cease."

“There are many ways to mark Halloween while still maintaining social distancing and following the Hands, Face, Space rules. There are ways to link up with others virtually as well as innovative methods to feel a part of events at this time of year. I would like to wish our residents a happy and spooky Halloween.”

It is also especially important at this time of year that residents report fly-tipping, abandoned vehicles and derelict buildings to help prevent fires.

London Fire Brigade reports that on average it sees around 40 per cent more deliberate fires on Halloween in comparison to the days either side. With not just rubbish being targeted but abandoned vehicles and derelict buildings as well.

Residents should also be mindful of other people and pets on and around 5 November with regards to fireworks and should adhere to government guidelines.

More information on Tier 2 in Harrow and what it means for residents and businesses.

Published: 28th October 2020