All around us, more than any year previous, excesses of Halloween decorations are taking over the town. Streets are being aligned with spider’ webbing, doors taped and stating ‘Do not Enter’. Window sills adorned with hand-carved pumpkins, illuminated by old fashioned candlelight flickers. As a Nation we stand together:
‘We want Halloween!’
Boris and the Government have been tittering a blanket ban on Halloween since early October. Stressing how we must adhere to the rule of 6, although they have advised against Trickle Treating they have only stopped marginally short of a blanket ban.
This year, more than any other, do the kids not deserve autumn festivities more than ever?
An extended period off school, unable to meet up with friends. Swings stayed still, slides redundant and the little ones could only marvel at the height of the climbing frame from afar. Swimming pools were all but drained dry, soft play centres remained silent. Summer holidays were cancelled or re-arranged as dictated staycations. When the social distancing regulations were relaxed and they allowed out to play, but, fun in the sun became drenched by the downpour.
Financial hardship reared it infringing head, many parents were laid off or encountered an income reduction. Denied long periods without the company of their grandparents. Many have experienced the death of a family member or friend for the initial time.
But, should be ignoring Boris’ Bo-Bo-ing?
Infections of covid rise steeply, the death toll has passed the daily average of 100. In Liverpool, the levels of hospital admissions are equal to those at the height of the pandemic.
How to celebrate safely:
- Incorporate face masks and gloves into trickle treating costumes.
- Avoid knocking on the doors of elderly or vulnerable neighbours as they may be shielding.
- Use hand sanitizer after rapping door knockers.
- If you are laying on treats make sure there in individual wrappers and consider an outside collection tin, which you can top up throughout the evening.
- Children can be directed to wash the sweets in wrappers when the return and before they take their gloves off.
- Although a lot of Halloween events have been halted, English Heritage is still running lots of socially distanced scary woodland walks.
But, the absolute no-no’s:
- Disregarding the rule of 6.
- Going out if anyone, or anyone in the same household has covid symptoms.
- Any apple bobbing games: an infection spreading mecca in a watery bucket.
Have fun, we are set for a full moon and a possible an additional glimpse of a blue moon.
‘Bog-Off’ to Boris and Bo-Boing Halloween!