Hertsmere Borough Council have issued a message encouraging people to celebrate Halloween safely this year, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
This comes as traditional Halloween activities such as trick or treating which involves stopping at a number of different houses will help increase the spread of the virus.
Instead, the council have suggested a range of low risk activities that everyone can enjoy this Halloween.
These include carving pumpkins with members of your own household, taking part in a local ‘spot the pumpkin’ photo trail throughout half term, a Halloween scavenger hunt inside your own household, a virtual Halloween costume competition and something as simple as a Halloween film night with your household.
Whereas the council is encouraging everyone to avoid activities such as trick or treating, fancy dress parties and indoor haunted houses.
Leader of the Council, councillor Morris Bright MBE, said: “Just weeks ago Hertsmere was taken off the government’s watchlist following a fall in coronavirus infection rates in the borough, which was excellent news for our residents and businesses and I cannot thank everyone enough for their efforts to stay safe and contain the virus. We must continue to play our part to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Hertsmere.
“We’re not letting coronavirus cancel Halloween! We’re encouraging families to take part in lower risk activities that are still ghoulishly good fun and will keep little monsters happy this Halloween.”