Hundreds of people in Cornwall think trick-or-treating should be banned

It goes without saying that Halloween celebrations are very different this year.

Where you might usually be preparing to host a party, or getting your best fancy dress outfit prepared for a big night out, coronavirus restrictions mean that sadly that cannot be the case for 2020.

Thousands of families have looked to the Government for guidance on how to safely celebrate and many may also be planning alternative events such as virtual parties.

While the big day is tomorrow, the traditional trick-or-treating isn’t legally banned, but frowned upon by many, and has been discouraged by the council and police.

So, we wanted to know your thoughts.

In our latest survey we asked you how you will be celebrating Halloween this year – and if you think it’s safe to partake in the normal traditions, like trick-or-treating.

Can it really be done safely, or should it have been officially banned?

Hundreds of you took part, and here is what you had to say.

‘Trick-or-treating is not safe’

A huge 87% of you that took part said that you didn’t think it was safe to go trick-or-treating, with many explaining why.

One reader said: “Mixing households multiple times , touching other households doors, doorbells and taking treats from Multiple households is risking the spread of Covid 19 in asymptomatic carriers.”

Another wrote: “I dont feel it’s the right thing for young people to go trick or treating and knocking on people’s doors especially where there are elderly and vulnerable people at this time especially when cases of Covid are increasing.”

While a third added: “It is pretty obvious really, people at home answering their doors to children and or their parents, all of whom could be carrying the virus. Why put people at risk when it is not essential?” .

However, there were some of you who thought that it should still go ahead, and believe it could be done safely. They said:

“Because the children do not go in the other peoples houses and as long as the treats are in pre wrapped packet I feel that will be safe.”

“All people have to do is leave the sweets outside or answer the door and offer sweets in a bag leave on the step. Go back in house, and child can then collect.”

“If the sweets are wrapped singularly and put in a bowl or bag, the child could be passed one or take one. Parents could make sure children sanitize hands between so many houses. It’s easily done safely.”

6% of those that took part in the survey said that they would be putting a pumpkin up in their window instead, as part of a Halloween trail in which families can take their children out to see how many pumpkins they can spot, at a socially distanced and safe level.

Cornwall Live