Will Halloween be cancelled and what are the trick or treating rules?

WITH the number of coronavirus cases continuing to rise in the UK it seems unlikely that social distancing measures will have eased by Halloween.

So are the spooky festivities cancelled and what are the trick or treat rules?

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Will Halloween be cancelled?

It seems unlikely that parties will be allowed to go ahead due to the current “rule of six” restrictions.

However, if social distancing is possible some smaller gatherings might be allowed to go ahead.

Several annual Halloween festivals have already been cancelled in Scotland including celebrations in Fife and Paisley.

No10 has confirmed that trick or treat in areas under local lockdown is banned as it would involve mixing households.

What are the rules on trick or treating?

If parents do opt to bring their kids out to trick or treat this year they will be subject to the "rule of six".

This means that no more than six people can gather outside and this rule in England includes children.

Masks should be worn if travelling from house-to-house and hand sanitiser should be used after touching doorbells and knocking on doors.

As many people know there is no way to opt-out your house of the festivities meaning that those who are shielding might be put at risk even if they don't answer the door.

Perhaps having a pre-selected number of houses of families who are happy to partake in the festivities could be a good idea.

How can I celebrate?

There are many ways to celebrate Halloween this year without leaving the house.

Pumpkin carving is a wonderful way to keep the kiddies and adults entertained with competitions of the best creation.

Binge-watching scary movies is always fun with a huge selection both shown on television and streaming apps.

Families can also do some spooky baking, do an arts and crafts evening and hold a fancy dress competition.

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