Enjoy a spooky but safe school holiday

Spooky fun can still be enjoyed by families during the school holidays next week while doing all we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones from coronavirus.

Halloween is a great time for dressing up and having fun but this year we need to celebrate in a different way.

By taking precautions, you can enjoy Halloween safely and there are lots of ideas to make this holiday special while celebrating at home.

Some ideas include:

  • organise a Halloween treasure hunt within your own household
  • host a virtual party with themed games and music
  • watch a scary movie with the family
  • carve or decorate pumpkins to display on your doorstep or in your window
  • decorate your house and organise a spooky trail, avoiding face-to-face contact with people from outside your household
  • host a virtual Halloween quiz.

Families have also been sharing spooky craft creations and other inventive ideas in the Facebook group Family Lockdown Tips and Ideas. Use the search tool to look-up ‘Halloween’.

It’s vital that everyone keeps to local guidelines. North Somerset is in the medium tier in the local Covid-19 alert levels so restrictions continue to be in place.

This means meeting up in groups of no more than six people; following the hands, face and space guidance; and self-isolating if you have any symptoms of coronavirus or have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

Avon Fire and Rescue also has some Halloween top tips about costumes and candles.

Some organised, socially-distanced events are also planned across North Somerset this coming week. Just check with organisers before heading out that events are still running as advertised.

  • A Halloween Trail along the Strawberry Line cycle path runs all next week. Grab a form from the cafe on Yatton station platform or the cycle hire and head out, spot the clues and solve the riddle. Spooky Halloween cupcake for every completed trail. Picnics are also available from the cafe and bikes available to hire from Strawberry Cycles.
  • Socially-distanced drama games and activities are coming to Portishead next Wednesday (28 October). The Whodunnit Drama Day, hosted by Rhubarb Speech and Drama, is suitable for 10-15-year-olds. £20 per person.
  • St Nick’s Pumpkin Trail can be followed along Hill Road, in Clevedon, from Thursday 29 October to Sunday 1 November. Pursue the pumpkins hidden in windows and spell out spooky words.

With Bonfire Night close too, Avon Fire and Rescue has some bonfire and fireworks safety advice featuring FIDO the fire dog.