MESSAGE FROM NORTHAMPTONSHIRE POLICE – HALLOWEEN 2020
Halloween 2020 will be different to previous years as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In line with the ‘Rule of Six’ legislation, people will not be able to hold Halloween parties and trick-or-treating is unadvisable in the current climate.
This following advice aims to inform the public on how Halloween 2020 should look like.
The Key Messages are
• One dilemma facing parents this year is how to take part in Halloween without breaching Covid-19 legislation.
• Our advice is for parents is to steer away from taking part in the traditional form of trick-or-treating. It is vital that people from different households mix as little as possible in order to stop the spread of coronavirus.
• For many children dressing up and going out with friends and family trick-or-treating is a highlight of their year and we understand not being able to do this will be upsetting for them, especially when they’ve already had such a tough 2020.
• An alternative approach suggested for parents which the Force endorses, draws on the rainbow challenge which proved so popular in the spring. People who want to be involved in Halloween can display pumpkins (unlit), or pictures of the vegetable in their windows in the run-up to October 31. Then parents/guardians can go out with their dressed-up children and try to find them. If so desired, the adult can give the child a treat every time they spot a pumpkin.
• This would make a great Halloween themed activity during half term.
• A number of pumpkin posters for children to colour in are available to download and print from our website.
• We urge parents of older children to talk to them about why it’s advised they don’t take part in trick-or-treating this year and to respect people’s decision not to take part. Anti-social behaviour is not acceptable and additional police patrols will be taking place during the Halloween period.
• A no trick-or-treating poster is available to download from our website.
This advice is subject to change, should the guidance/legislation from Government change before October 31, 2020.
Please see the attached letter from Mrs Cuddihy regarding Coronavirus which have been sent out on ParentMail.