How to have a safe Halloween

Wakefield Council is wishing all its residents a fiendish time and has prepared some thoughts on how to protect against COVID-19 during the spooky season.

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

With COVID-19 rates high in the district, the Council is reminding residents how vital it is to remain safe and to follow public health advice so that we can all keep life moving and have a happy Halloween, so that everyone can focus on enjoying their time.

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Poverty and Health said: “I would like to wish all our residents a safe and fun-filled Halloween. It’s lovely to see our youngest residents enjoying the festivities and it’s a great time for everyone to meet up with friends and family.

“We ask everyone to please play their part in keeping themselves and others safe. You can do this by sanitising your hands, giving space, meeting outside and wearing a face-covering in indoor spaces.”

For those residents wishing to engage in Halloween activities, the Council asks that they follow this handy guide. Tips to residents to enjoy a safe Halloween include:

  • Meeting outside, or in well-ventilated areas. If inside ensure good ventilation, keeping the windows open to ensure circulation.
  • Taking hand sanitiser along to be extra safe, so that should the urge come to have gathered treats, germs are not transmitted from the treats that have been picked up.
  • If preparing treats, keep the goodies in the bags and the baddies off hands. It is recommended to wash hands for 20 seconds before any preparation.
  • A good idea is to use zip locks or small bags to reduce handling.
  • Keeping areas clean by disinfecting where people may pick up their treats.
  • Having sanitisers ready for anyone collecting so they can safely grab-and-go.
  • Making it the “ghoul” to place treats at a safe distance for collection by the trick or treaters.

Residents can find out how to have a safe Halloween here and can also download the Council’s Halloween at Home guide full of creepy crafts, ghastly games, revolting recipes and more.