The spookiest month of the year is upon us and Halloween is just around the corner.
But celebrations will need to be a little different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Public health chiefs at North East Lincolnshire Council are urging people to take extra care this 31 October.
Director of Public Health, Stephen Pintus, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has brought many challenges and lots of people are having to do things differently this year – and Halloween is no exception.
“The virus is now circulating widely across North East Lincolnshire, so we would advise against going trick or treating this year, to keep yourselves and others safe.
“However, if you do go trick or treating, you must keep your distance from others not in your household or bubble, and regularly keep your hands clean, either washing with soap or using hand sanitiser when out and about.
“The virus can live on surfaces for hours, even days. Different hands in bowls of sweets could still spread the virus, so alternative ways of celebrating the occasion this year are strongly encouraged.”
There are lots of alternative ways to celebrate the occasion, such as:
- Carving a pumpkin
- Baking some ghoulish goodies
- Watching a scary movie
- Decorating your house
- Having a trick or treat hunt in your house
- Having a virtual Halloween costume contest
- Go pumpkin spotting at houses in your area
If you do not want trick or treaters coming to your door and are staying safe inside your home, there is a downloadable poster that can be printed and placed in your window.