You can still do trick or treat this Halloween - how to create a lockdown pumpkin trail

A sweet and spooky pumpkin trail is helping families in Scarborough to celebrate Halloween.
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The fun trail – similar to the rainbow trails during lockdown – involves children drawing pictures of pumpkins and sticking them in their windows for other children to see.

Families can then see how many they can spot throughout October as an alternative to trick or treating.

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Mum-of-two SJ Barker, who runs local parenting website Scarborough & Whitby Mumbler, launched the trail to help children who might not be able to trick or treat this year.

“My kids love Halloween, especially trick or treating, and will be disappointed if they can’t go out on the night,” said SJ. “But this year, people might not want children knocking at their doors, and parents might not want their little ones rummaging through communal bowls of sweets either.

“The rainbow trails were brilliant over lockdown and we had great fun spotting them all on our daily walks. The pumpkin trail is a similar idea and gives everyone something fun to take part in. They could do it in fancy dress if they wanted to, and parents could even put a small treat in their child’s Trick or Treat bag for each pumpkin they spot.”

You can download a pumpkin template on the Scarborough & Whitby Mumbler website, design your own, or perhaps paint a funny face onto a real pumpkin and put it in your garden. Colour them, paint them, cover them in stickers – whatever you like!

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“Halloween will certainly be different this year but you can still have lots of fun,” adds SJ. “There are lots of pumpkin picking events and Halloween classes if you want to get out somewhere too. I can’t wait to see all the different pumpkin designs children come up with!”

For more information on local Halloween and half term events and ideas, visit the Scarborough & Whitby Mumbler website at Family-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Halloween:

Make some spooky snacks and have a Halloween afternoon tea

Hide some treats around the house, turn out the lights and play some spooky music for an at-home Trick or Treat trail.

Halloween disco with glow sticks

Try some Halloween science experiments or crafts

Have a family-friendly Halloween movie night

Tell ghost stories all snuggled together by candlelight.

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