Keeping the spooky spirit alive this Halloween

Release Date: 
Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 10:45

With Halloween just around the corner, Corby Borough Council is supporting Northamptonshire Police in reminding families across the borough that a ‘spooktacular’ time can still be had by all despite Covid-19 restrictions.

With the ‘rule of 6’ still in place across the country, Halloween parties will not be permitted and traditional Trick or Treating is unadvisable. However, the celebrations don’t have to be cancelled as fancy dress can still go ahead, along with fun activities to keep the little ones scarily amused this Hallows ‘eve whilst remaining Covid secure.

For many children, the tradition of dressing up and heading out with family and friends on October 31st to Trick or Treat is what Halloween is all about. Whilst this is not advised this year, the community is being encouraged to take part in the Police initiative ‘Operation Pumpkin’. The idea is to place pumpkins or drawings of the vegetable in your window or on your doorstep. Much like the rainbow challenge which proved so popular during the spring, this allows families to get dressed up and head out searching for Pumpkins in the run up to or on Halloween. Parents could give their child a treat each time they spot a pumpkin within their community!

To download a poster of a pumpkin for children to colour in, visit the Northamptonshire Police website, www.northants.police.uk and search ‘operation pumpkin’ in the search bar.

Corby Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community, Cllr John McGhee, said:

“Whilst it is a real shame that the traditional Halloween events which we all know and love cannot go ahead this year, this is another opportunity, much like the Rainbows for our NHS, to come together as a community, support one another and ensure we can all still make Halloween a great and spooky time for the borough’s youngsters. It continues to be a difficult year for us all, so hopefully we can all get into the spirit of Halloween and put those pumpkin carving or colouring skills to the test and make it a great Halloween for everyone.”

Visit the Northants Police website to see 10 top tips on how to keep safe this Halloween and Bonfire Night, https://www.northants.police.uk/police-forces/northamptonshire-police/areas/northamptonshire-force-content/c/campaigns/2019/operation-pumpkin/

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For press enquiries please contact: Megan Gourlay, Corby Borough Council

Telephone: 01536 464022 Mobile: 07568 590 324

Email megan.gourlay@corby.gov.uk

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