For those who celebrate Halloween, this year will be very different. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to many families deciding not to go out into their neighbourhood for trick-or-treating.
This doesn’t mean celebrations have to come to a stop as there are many alternative ways to take part in the spooky festivities safely and following government guidelines. Click here for more information about the guidelines for England. In Wales, a ‘firebreak’ lockdown will start from Friday 23rd October at 6pm. This requires everyone to stay at home and to not meet up with other households either indoors or outside. More information can be found here.
Here are some ideas on celebrating Halloween from the comfort of your own home for everyone in your household and support bubble to enjoy:
- Decorate your home – during the UK lockdown earlier this year, many households displayed a rainbow in the windows of their home to show their support for the NHS, creating a colourful trail for neighbours and passers-by. During Halloween weekend, you and your household could decorate the windows as spooky as you can with items and materials you find around the home for your neighbours to enjoy.
- Spooky treasure hunt – for youngsters in your household (and those who you are young at heart) a spooky treasure hunt around the home is a very fun idea. To make up for not trick-or-treating, sweet treats can be hidden with riddles giving clues to their whereabouts.
- Virtual Fancy Dress Parade – if you’ve utilised video call apps this year to keep in contact with loved ones, you’ll know how versatile it can be for entertaining and lifting spirits. As most Halloween parties won’t be taking place this year, hosting a fancy-dress parade on your video call, with points (or virtual prizes) given to the most creative costume
- Virtual quiz – you’re monthly (or weekly) video call could have a Halloween theme with questions about scary films or trivia about the spooky day.
- Watching spooky films – what is Halloween without a spooky movie? There are a variety of films available on streaming apps that are appropriate for all ages.
- Donate food to a local food bank – the uncertainty of jobs has seen many families struggle with money and buying food. The Trussell Trust has predicted an increase of 61% of food parcels needed across the UK in the next three months following the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have spare long-life food and household items available, now is the perfect time to donate them to your local food bank and support families who are struggling in your area.
At Heritage Healthcare, we deliver expert care at home to help clients remain safe and independent. Our service supports individuals with personal care, household help, complex needs and companionship. For clients who may struggle on Halloween and the upcoming colder months can be supported by our care team to feel more secure.
If you know someone who is more vulnerable at Halloween, we have created a poster to prevent any possible trick-or-treaters from knocking on their door.
(Information in this article was correct on date of publication: 22/10/20)