CAMBRIDGE residents are being encouraged to have fun at Halloween this weekend, while remembering to follow all the national guidelines to help prevent the further spread of coronavirus.
Cambridge City Council’s Children and Young People’s Participation Service (ChYpPS) have come up with a number of activities so people can enjoy the spookiest night of the year in safety.
Families are being encouraged to stay at home this year and stick to their own family groups rather than gathering in large groups, going out in groups trick or treating, or knocking on neighbours’ doors.
Suggestions for alternative fun activities could include:
- Organising a Halloween scavenger hunt indoors or in the garden
- Taking a walk around the local neighbourhood to spot carved pumpkins
- Creating a spooky window display and carving your own pumpkins for the front of your home
- Baking Halloween-themed cakes, biscuits and treats
- Hosting a virtual fancy dress party or scary movie night
All Cambridge residents are being urged to remember the key public health messages this Halloween to help prevent the spread of coronavirus:
- Wash hands regularly
- Wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
- Make space, and stay at least two metres apart, or one metre with a face covering or other precautions
- When seeing friends and family you do not live with (or who are not part of your support bubble), you must not meet in a group of more than 6, indoors or outdoors.
For the full up-to-date guidance visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus
For residents looking for some other inspiration this half term, the council’s ChYpP team is joining forces with the University of Cambridge Museums to offer children the chance to go online and explore some of the museums’ collections. This will be accompanied by some face to face socially distanced play sessions on some neighbourhood parks.
Families can also get out and about and try the Active Communities Halloween mobile adventure trails using a smartphone or device throughout October on St Albans Recreation Ground and Nuns Way Recreation Ground.
For those children and young people who seek something more physically challenging there also be some skateboarding coaching sessions taking place on Friday 30 October on Nuns Way skate park in partnership with the Shredder Skate School and the North Cambridge Community Partnership (NCCP).
Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “This year, so many things have had to be different, and I’ve been impressed with the creative ways our families and our community have found to have fun in a socially-distanced manner. It looks like this half term and Halloween will be no exception.
“There are some great suggestions here for enjoying Halloween and keeping active in a safe way, and I’m sure these are just some of the imaginative things happening across the city.”
Dr Liz Robin, Director of Public Health for Cambridgeshire County Council said: “We strongly advise against trick or treating - the fewer people you come into contact with the lesser the chance of you catching and spreading the virus. The good news is that there are lots of alternative activities you can do safely at home.
“We are in Tier 1 (Medium risk) under new national rules which means our residents must not mix in groups of more than six people. If you're planning to celebrate Halloween this year, then following these simple rules; don’t share food, keep your distance from others and celebrate at home with the people you live with.”