Halloween might look a little different this year with trick or treating off the cards for many thanks to the on-going situation with Covid, but that doesn't mean we can't still celebrate Halloween at home, whilst keeping your loved ones safe.
Love it or hate it, Halloween is an opportunity for kids, and grown ups alike, to get dressed up in their scariest (or cutest) outfits and is fast becoming as popular in the UK as it already is in the States.
In 2018, it was widely reported that the expenditure for Halloween products in the UK was sitting comfortably at £419 million British pounds. Another survey in 2017, stated that the most purchased Halloween items in the UK were food products, including chocolate, sweets and of course pumpkins!
But, while the traditional act of going door to door looking for trick or treats maybe out of the question this year, many of you have already found alternative ways to celebrate this seasonal event at home.
Take a look at our latest round-up of activities to keep the kids happy at Halloween...
1. The Big Neighbourhood Pumpkin Trail
A new twist on trick or treating, those who wish to take part are being asked to display pumpkins either on their doorsteps, in their windows or front gardens to enable local children to spot these whilst walking round with their parents.
There's lots of activities and ideas available in the Facebook group, including colouring sheets and more to help you plan out your very own pumpkin trail with your mini witches and wizards.
Every teacher's and parent's best friend recently, the Twinkl website have been busy creating their own Halloween-themed activities. From crosswords to colouring sheets, recipes and how-to's, there's hundreds of things to keep the kids occupied over the half-term break.
3. Pumpkin Picking
Get your coats on and head out with the kids for an outdoor adventure like no-other. What better way to soak up the autumn spirit than spending an hour or two picking your own pumpkin?
Pumpkin patches are available all over the UK and as an outdoor activity, if a farm has a pumpkin patch they are still allowed to open in England, even under tier 3 restrictions at the time of writing this, as long as you remain with your own household.
Please note this may differ in areas where full lockdowns have been imposed such as Wales, so make sure your chosen site is open and ready for visitors before you head out.
To find your local pumpkin patch why not check out the Days Out With The Kids website.
4. Family Movie Night
Close the curtains and turn off the lights, line up the family-friendly spooky films and enjoy a night in on the sofa with your nearest and dearest. And, of course no movie night would be complete without snacks!
Whether you want to munch on our Chocolate Drizzled Popcorn whilst watching Casper; experience our Halloween-themed Gourmet Chocolate Pizzas whilst watching Goosebumps, or indulge in our Big Bang Bombes with Beetlejuice, we have some devilishly delicious treats for the whole family to enjoy.
Head over to our Halloween page now to find your perfect treats.
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