Children out Hallowe’en trick or treating should only knock on doors where it is clear the families inside are celebrating the event.
That’s the advice from East Sussex County Council in an article its online magazine which also points out: “The midst of a pandemic probably isn’t the most sensible time to go knocking on doors trick or treating.”
At the same time Sussex Police are suggesting people stay at home for Hallowe’en fun.
The county council magazine article says that if people do decide to go trick or treating this year despite the risks, take care and as always be respectful.
“Only knock on doors of houses that look to be celebrating Halloween themselves and remember: Hands – Face – Space.”
People celebrating at home are reminded to obey the Rule of Six.[external link]
The number of households should be limited.
“Seeing lots of people from different households in a short period of time will increase your risk of contracting and spreading the virus,” the article states.
You can read the full Hallowe’en article in Your East Sussex [external link] which has many tips for celebrating safely at home.
Sussex Police advice
Sussex Police urge people to enjoy safer ways of celebrating Hallowe’en.
They offer a number of alternatives:
- Take part in the Sussex Police competition for Sussex’s Spookiest House: take photos of your Halloween creations, decorations or pumpkins for a chance to win a visit to meet one of our police dogs. Find details on your local area’s police Facebook page.
- Join the pumpkin trail: take part in ‘pumpkin spotting’. Every time your child spots a pumpkin, you reward them with a treat.
- Be virtual: consider an online party with decorations, fancy dress and themed food. Play Hallowe’en games, bake Hallowe’en treats or tell spooky stories.
- Decorate your home: dress up the outside of your house with Halloween decorations for you and your neighbours to enjoy.
- Spooky Halloween hunt: hide Halloween sweets and treats around your homes or gardens as an alternative to trick-or-treating.
Officers are reminding people that if they are getting involved in Hallowe’en activities they be considerate to their neighbours and respectful of others’ property.
Don’t want trick or treaters to knock?
To make it easy to see who doesn’t wish to be disturbed, Sussex Police have produced some posters. You can find the posters here.
Police patrols will be stepped up to stamp out anti-social behaviour.
Chief Inspector Jon Carter said: “This year we are urging people to celebrate Hallowe’en in a responsible way and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
“We are here to make sure that everyone can still enjoy Hallowe’en by focussing our resources in the right places and working closely with our partners and communities.
“We will also be engaging, explaining and encouraging people to act responsibly, reminding them to follow Covid-19 guidelines and following the rule of six.”
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