Hallowe’en advice from Oxford City Council

Stay safe this Halloween

Halloween is this weekend. We are encouraging residents to celebrate Halloween safely this year and to continue to follow social distancing guidelines as Oxford enters in to Tier 2 (High Alert) for coronavirus from 00:01 tomorrow (31 October).   Residents are reminded that traditional celebrations are likely to spread the virus and the council recommends they should:

  • Avoid going door to door when trick or treating, and giving out treats by hand
  • Not attend gatherings that are held indoors with members outside of your household
  • Not attend outdoor gatherings where there are more than six people
  • Not substitute a facemask with a Halloween mask as this will not keep you safe.

Some suggestions and ideas (suitable for councillors too ..)

  • Getting involved in the Big Neighbourhood Pumpkin trail outside
  • Hosting a virtual Halloween costume party with friends and family
  • Holding a Scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home
  • Carving or decorating pumpkins to light up the doorstep or in the window
  • Pumpkin picking at one of Oxford’s local farms
  • Socially distanced Halloween dance party on your doorstep
  • Host a virtual Halloween quiz
  • Have a Halloween film night with your household members
  • Make a Halloween themed face mask/covering

  Households in Oxford are also being encouraged to recycle their real Halloween pumpkin at the kerbside on top of or beside their food caddy.  Those who live in flats with shared bins are invited to pop their pumpkins directly in their red food bins.   There is a lot of waste produced around Halloween so, where possible please try to make your Halloween decorations or buy second hand or reusable products. If you’re unsure whether something can be recycled check Oxfordshire County Council’s recycle, repair and reuse web page.   Recycling organisation Hubbub believes that 12.8 million pumpkins are expected to be left uneaten this Halloween in the UK. For some pumpkin recipe ideas, visit the Hubbub website.

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