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Stay safe at Halloween

During Halloween, officers from your Safer Neighbourhood Team will be carrying out extra patrols in your area to keep you safe.

Halloween can be a great and fun time, but for some people, it’s not an enjoyable day and they may get scared or frightened by other’s actions.

It is important to remember to be aware of your behaviour and to take the simple steps to remain safe.

This year, many Halloween traditions such as trick or treating carry a risk and the county’s message is clear: this Halloween, stick to a safer way of having fun.

Top 5 low risk activities:

  • Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them in your window, or outside. This year, why not carve a rainbow in your pumpkin? Watch Hertfordshire County Council’s ‘how to’ video for tips
  • Taking part in a local ‘spot the pumpkin’ trail throughout half term week, where people display pumpkin or Halloween pictures in their windows and you have to try and find them all with your family
  • Organising a Halloween scavenger hunt, where children from your household are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for either in your home, or outdoors
  • Having a virtual Halloween costume competition using zoom or Skype
  • Having a Halloween film night with your household

Three higher risk activities to avoid this Halloween:

  • Participating in traditional trick-or-treating, where treats are handed to children who go door to door
  • Attending crowded fancy dress parties or any party where there are more than six people
  • Going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, think you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or you have been told to self-isolate, you should not participate in any in-person Halloween festivities and should not give out sweets to trick-or-treaters.

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