Spooky films and scare trails: how to have a Covid-safe Halloween

While trick or treating is best avoided, scientists say there are still ways to have a spooktacular time

It’s that time of year many children have been dreaming about for months, planning costumes and nasty surprises for their neighbours. Although some politicians have hinted that Halloween may be cancelled this year, Guardian readers have been sharing their plans, which include spooky film screenings, “scare trails” and outdoor scavenger hunts. And scientists say there are ways of celebrating spooky season, while still staying safe.

“I think there’s of lots of things you can do which are really low risk, like carving pumpkins and putting them outside, making costumes, decorating the house and putting lights in the windows – all within your own household,” said Linda Bauld, professor of public health at the University of Edinburgh.

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