6 October 2020

The days are getting shorter, and we’ve been digging out our cosy extra layers for the chillier nights – Autumn is definitely here, and with it brings different opportunities for communities to come together.

With lots of uncertainty at the moment, it feels more important to hang on to traditions and those moments of life as it used to be, they just need to be reimagined a little to make them safe for everyone. 

We’ve been chatting to communities and families about how they’re planning Halloween where they live so we thought we’d share a few ideas and suggestions.

*Obviously restrictions differ across the country so please follow local guidance.

Scarecrow competition

Set up a scarecrow competition for your community, street or school – they could be full size or little mini ones, spooky or friendly, it’s up to you.

Pumpkin trail

Normally, a carved pumpkin on a doorstep is a signal that you are happy for trick or treaters to knock on your door, but that’s not advisable this year. Instead, encourage neighbours to carve pumpkins and leave them out for families to spot from a distance, and parents or guardians can give them a treat when they do! You can use your street What'sApp or email group if you have one, or pop some home made posters around so everyone knows not to knock.

Or you could leave small wrapped sweets pegged to a line outside your house, just leave them aside for a few days and then place using gloves or freshly washed hands to make sure they’re clean.

If carving isn’t your thing, pictures of pumpkins in windows would work just as well if they can be seen from the street, and you can encourage the wider community to add their pumpkins or pictures to a google map to create a trail to follow.

(Don’t forget there’s more to pumpkins than a spooky face, here are some ideas to use as much of your pumpkin as possible)

Pumpkin hunt

Place pumpkins around your local park, green space or high streetand spark a pumpkin hunt.  Encourage small groups to stay physically distant from each other and you can give a small bag of sweets for taking part.

Neighbourhood parade

Organise a parade for the kids to show off their costumes – just set them off down the street 2m apart and ensure those watching are spaced out too.

And finally…

If you’re feeling crafty, we love this ‘candy slide’ made by a couple in America, so treats can be dispensed from a distance! Full instructions here.

Top tips for trick or treaters:

  • Wear a mask! You can either wear a costume which incorporates a mask, like a doctor or nurse, or decorate one to fit with your costume
  • Stay close to home
  • Trick or treat with only those already in your bubble and only up to six

*Please check local guidance for any additional restrictions where you live.

Let us know what your community is planning for Halloween this year, share and swap ideas @edencommunities on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.