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Halloween - what to do

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Growing0ldDisgracefully Wed 21-Oct-20 15:33:25

Seeking some advice please. We usually enter into the 'game' as the children round here are generally OK, the little ones bring escorted by parents and the older ones making great efforts with their costumes. Just wondered what steps others are taking in giving treats to their ghoulish little visitors? I can't leave out a pot of sweets outside as I suspect they will be unfairly snaffled by the greedier kids but don't want to do the usual of having a big dish of sweets and small fruit for them to rummage in and maybe spread that blasted virus to themselves and us. I'm hesitant to not bother, as one year my car was parked down the road outside of a neighbours house who doesn't do Halloween, and my car was deliberately scratched I believe because the little toad who did it thought they were carrying out a 'trick' against that neighbour. To add to the worry, we will actually be away (and not taking my car), and leaving my son to deal with the seasonal munsters. Any ideas, given this is not going to be a 'normal' Halloween?

Illte Wed 21-Oct-20 16:32:09

I'm going to sit upstairs in my study with a pumpkin at the window. If there's a knock at the door I shall throw a treat down for them to catch ?

It's all very civilised and parent controlled around our way.

tanith Wed 21-Oct-20 16:51:11

There is a Pumpkin walk around here. A house that want to join in puts up a display could just be a pumpkin or whole garden display, the dressed up children walk around spotting the displays and the accompanying parent rewards them with a sweet treat at each house. Very civilised.

Mapleleaf Wed 21-Oct-20 16:58:54

Don't bother would be my advice.

Daisymae Wed 21-Oct-20 17:01:33

I really dont think that there will be much trick or treating this year. I cant believe that parents will allow children to go knocking on doors in the middle of a pandemic, especially at the stage we are in now. I really would not bother.

petra Wed 21-Oct-20 17:08:50

I will have pumpkins outside and treats for the children. I love to see the costumes and makeup.

Mapleleaf Wed 21-Oct-20 17:38:07

In normal circumstances, it is nice to see the little ones dressed up and given a treat (with responsible adult with them of course), but this year it is not normal, the risks are great, so hence my advice still remains to not bother.

Teetime Wed 21-Oct-20 18:02:43

I will do what we always do and if children come there will be treats for them. I have ordered some small organza bags so i cn separate them out so no digging in one big bowl

BlueBelle Wed 21-Oct-20 18:14:59

I don’t think many will be out in my town not judging by fb posts and the small about of stuff we have sold in the charity shop this year
So I ll leave it for this year

ElaineI Wed 21-Oct-20 18:46:29

Quite a few doing the pumpkin trail in my area. Bought a big bowl and will have some treats at the end of the drive.. Mostly littlies and under 10s near us. DGC having their own fun at their own houses and doing the pumpkin trail. One of DD2 friends has made a large spiders web with treats bags pinned to it and is hanging it on her hedge.

Cherrytree59 Wed 21-Oct-20 18:59:35

Pumpkin with lollipops for hair or may be a hedgehog pumpkin with lollipop spikes.
Children can help themselves. ?‍♀️?‍♂️

grannyrebel7 Wed 21-Oct-20 19:02:21

Halloween and Bonfire night celebrations have been banned here in Wales as we'll be in full lockdown come Friday!

Grannyben Wed 21-Oct-20 19:06:17

My grandchildren, aged 6 and 3, will also be doing a pumpkin walk with mum. When they see one, mum will pop one of her own sweets into their bucket. No knocking on doors and no taking sweets from anyone else.

Jaxjacky Wed 21-Oct-20 19:11:43

Grannyben my daughter doing the same with GC’s

M0nica Wed 21-Oct-20 20:03:53

Usually we have a lit pumpkin on display, but this year we have decided that discretion is the better part of valour and will not. It is a shame as it is great fun, but as others have said, I do nto think as many children will be out.I do not think my DGC will be, instead the bubble member of their household is coming round and they are going to have an indoor party. My DDiL is a very good and inventive party thrower and they have a garden that can be made to look scary.

Astral Wed 21-Oct-20 20:15:53

I didn't think anyone would be doing it honestly, it must break all the guidelines. Maybe send the children in your family some sweets or a halloween gift instead?

lemongrove Wed 21-Oct-20 21:39:20

As others say, doubt there will be many visits from children this year.Where we live now we have never had any come to the house, although I usually buy some fun sized wrapped choc bars in case they do ( eaten by us!)?
To the OP, if any children do come, open the door and put a tray down with wrapped bars on it and tell them to pick one item each?

Phloembundle Thu 22-Oct-20 09:49:34

Who gives a ****

sweetcakes Thu 22-Oct-20 09:53:20

After 36 years of Halloween this year I have decided that no I will not be participating, no pumpkins, no sweets just a quiet boring night and look forward to next year ?

hicaz46 Thu 22-Oct-20 10:01:03

I never participate in Halloween as I think it is a fairly unsafe activity in normal times. It encourages children to wander the streets and can be very frightening for older people living alone as some children can be very intimidating by persistently ringing doorbells and knocking on door. It is an exploitative import form the USA.

Witzend Thu 22-Oct-20 10:02:48

We usually have quite a few little kids round, but I doubt there’ll be any this year. However I will still put a small pumpkin in the window and leave some packs of Smarties outside. I’ve bought 4 packs of 4 and have nobly resisted breaking into them so far!

I always turn the pumpkin into a Thai-style soup the next day anyway - onion and lots of chilli, ginger and garlic plus a can of coconut milk - so that won’t be wasted.

Lock Thu 22-Oct-20 10:02:59

Quote: 'my car was deliberately scratched I believe because the little toad who did it thought they were carrying out a 'trick' against that neighbour.'

This is precisely why I detest Hallowe'en. The whole 'event' should be cancelled permanently. It causes enormous anguish to vulnerable people who are targeted, and encourages criminal behaviour. ( Scratching a car is criminal behaviour, there is nothing 'petty' about it: it is a deliberate act against someone else.)

Riggie Thu 22-Oct-20 10:10:11

Round here people stick to the only knocking if theres a lit pumpkin outside "code". Also we find that the older kids who don't have parents with them tend to not come round when halloween falls during half term - maybe due to not seeing their mates to plan

Blossoming Thu 22-Oct-20 10:12:44

We’ll just be doing the usual sacrificial fire and raising a demon.

Grandmabatty Thu 22-Oct-20 10:19:22

I don't think Halloween is imported from USA. I remember dressing up and going out guising in the early 60s. Where I live there is to be a pumpkin walk for the local playgroup so I'm going to decorate my living room window with foam pumpkins and spider webs etc. I'll buy some treat sized chocolate bars in case the wee family across the road come out.