Looking for some spooky Halloween fun to have in Andover?
Trick or treating
Here are some top tips from safekids.org on keeping our children safe whilst out trick or treating.
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Since masks can sometimes obstruct a child’s vision, try non-toxic face paint and makeup whenever possible.
- Have kids use glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
- Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
- Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
- When selecting a costume make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Lead Member for Adult Services and Public Health said: “Many people are looking forward to enjoying Halloween free from the restrictions of last year. A lot of children missed out on the tradition of Trick or Treating and so are extra excited about dressing up and knocking on their neighbours’ doors to collect treats. However, it is important to remember that Coronavirus is still with us and continues to pose a risk to our health. Some people are especially vulnerable and will want to limit any unnecessary contact with others. By taking a few simple precautions during Halloween this year, you can help make sure everyone feels protected and is able to enjoy the fun.”
HOW TO STAY COVID-SAFE WHEN TRICK OR TREATING
- Make a face covering part of your costumes
- Take a test and wash your hands before you go out
- If you feel unwell, stay at home
- Take hand sanitiser with you (use it after visiting each house)
- Only knock at the doors of homes where there is a pumpkin outside
- Respect other people’s safety choices
Councillor Fairhurst continued: “Simple things like practising good hygiene and giving people space all help to prevent the virus from spreading. So, let’s look after each other this Halloween and make it one to remember for all the right reasons.”
Spooky walks in Andover
There is only one place to go in Andover for a spooky walk !!!
Iron Bridge/Ladies Walk
The story that most people who live in Andover know is of the ghost of the White Lady who haunts over and below the bridge. It’s told that there was a young girl who stole a horse and was chased and she and the horse jumped off the bridge,and the hoof beats are often heard up there at night.
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Kids Halloween parties in Andover
Alternative Haloween parties
Some parents are not happy about their children trick or treating. Others do not approve of how Halloween celebrates darkness and fear with scary masks, costumes or activities. Some seek a Halloween alternative because of what they see is a negative influence at Halloween, one that encourages poor behavior. A Light Party is a family oriented event that provides fun and values in a safe environment.
Do you know of a great Halloween/light party that we should all be in the know about?
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Enjoy Halloween as a family !!
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