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Will you be pumpkin carving or buying Halloween treats this year?

With Halloween nearly upon us, you may soon be heading to the shops to buy a pumpkin for carving into a lantern, or will you?

Halloween will certainly be different this year with different restrictions around the country, and the thought of celebrating during a pandemic can be a little scary.

Going trick-or-treating, throwing parties, and visiting haunted houses are examples of Halloween activities that may be very risky amid COVID-19 or not allowed in your location.

The Governments for England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland have all advised against trick or treating, but have not officially banned it.

Some of us never celebrate Halloween anyway, but those of us with grandchildren may in previous years have joined in with the fun.

The good news is that pumpkin picking is still allowed and there are many farms up and down the country that are open including Penyfodau Fawr Farm in West Glamorgan, Secretts in Surrey, Cairnie Fruit Farm & Mega Maze in Fife, and Streamvale Farm in Belfast.

What are your plans this year? Will you be pumpkin carving of buying or making Halloween treats? Will you give it a miss this year? Or is this a festival that you prefer not to engage with?

 

Will you be pumpkin carving or buying Halloween treats this year?

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MrsPat
26th Oct 2020
2
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Not this year for the first time for maybe 40 years. Nobody is out and about and they shouldn't be anyway due to this dammed virus.
JulieD
23rd Oct 2020
3
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Our village has said that children should not be knocking on doors this year, instead people are being asked to display pumpkins in their front windows or on doorsteps. They children can then go on a pumpkin hunt with parents/guardians and the adults give them treats each time they spot a pumpkin. It seems to be an idea that has taken hold in a few areas, the children still get to 'do' Halloween but also keep everyone safe from the virus.
Rosedeb
23rd Oct 2020
3
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I don 't see why children should be denied a bit of fun, a lot of them are already frightened and concerned by the covid pandemic. My grandson gets very sad and keeps asking when is the covid going away?? As long as precautions are taken a family bubble celebration gives them a feeling of normality
MrsPat
22nd Oct 2020
2
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I will buy them as usual for the grandchildren but will have to post them this year.
Wilf
22nd Oct 2020
3
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Not this year as I don't think anyone will be out and about this year
LizH25
23rd Oct 2020
2
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I hope nobody will be out and about this year, they should not be knocking at the doors, especially of people they don’t know!
honestjohn
21st Oct 2020
7
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Never been a fan of Halloween, always regarded it as an American tradition popularised here by traders hoping to cash in - and I don't think I'm wrong!
Billythequiche
26th Oct 2020
1
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Thank goodness I am not the only one. It is hard to push back against Americanism and commercialism without being branded a "curmudgeon".
When you think about it, the Americanisation of our society has crept up on us on the blind side; think about it.
The new commercial (expensive) customs:
Mothers/Fathers/Grandparents day (not Mothering Sunday).
Trick or treat.
Prom night.
Black Friday..
Baby showers.
Wedding planners.
Birthdays at bowling alleys.
It was bad enough when colouring books and crayons became iPads and X Boxes. For many, the money is problematic as well as the subversion of our traditions.
I am pleased that we are well past the stage of "Ohh, I'll be the only one in the class without one/not going/not taking part".
I am not suggesting that social interaction is better or worse than in the past, just that we are sleepwalking into exploitation.
Sorry if that offends some.
Yodama
21st Oct 2020
3
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I won't be doing anything for Halloween this year. Times have changed and all the little kids around here have grown up. Plus there is the frightening spectre of covid lurking around, enough to scare anyone.
It's a pity, I used to delight in decorating and making ghoulish looking snacks, perhaps I am the only child left?
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I agree Bridget apart from the covid scaring every one it's it was fun for the little ones but older teenagers or 20somethings that come knocking on your door and are a bit scary. I thought the rule was if there where no pumpkins no knock... but they seem to ignore it and for the elderly living around us they become a nuisance.
mrscomfyman
20th Oct 2020
2
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I don't usually buy a pumpkin but I do put Halloween decorations up so that people will know it's OK to call. I won't put any up this year but I'll have a few sweets to hand if anyone does call.
Marley444
20th Oct 2020
3
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Funnily enough I was just talking to my neighbour this morning - she has her grandson living with her and asked if he could come trick or treating next Saturday - of course I said yes, and will make sure I have some treats, but I won't encourage others to visit, and will probably not even buy a pumpkin for the first time ever.

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