Get spooky but stay safe in Bedford Borough this Halloween


While the government is advising against families trick or treating this year, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy some family fun and still observe the rule of six this Halloween.

Bedford Borough is currently at Government COVID-19 alert level medium, which means gatherings inside and out of up to six people are allowed.

However, with local cases of coronavirus rising, Director of Public Health, Vicky Head is asking people to think twice about their Halloween plans.

Residents of Bedford have made the following suggestions for a spooky, but socially distanced celebration:

  • Pumpkin Carving: Carving and decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them in the house or garden. Share your spookiest pumpkins with us using the hashtag #SpookyBedford
  • Pumpkin Trail: Go for a walk with your household and see how many pumpkins and decorations you can spot in your neighbourhood
  • Halloween Scavenger Hunt: Halloween themed hunt around the house or garden
  • Online Fancy Dress: Halloween costume competition using zoom or Skype with friends and family
  • Spooky Cake Baking: Maybe some spider cupcakes or Frankenstein gingerbreads
  • Design a Scary Pumpkin or Ghost: Get creative and draw or colour in a spooky picture
  • Watch a Scary Movie: Host a Halloween movie night with your household

Cllr Louise Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing said: “Thank you to everyone for your continued efforts in helping to control the spread of the virus. We all want our lives to get back to normal, but now is not the time to be complacent.

“Please continue to play your part this Halloween – we are urging families to take part in lower-risk activities, such as pumpkin carving, displaying spooky pictures or choosing your favourite Halloween music, helping to minimise the risk of spreading coronavirus to others.”

Bedford Borough Council is also asking Bedfordians to vote for their favourite Halloween film on social media (@bedfordtweets on Twitter and on @bedfordboroughcouncil on Facebook), so why not use this as inspiration for a spooky film fest?

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