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The centuries-old tradition of trick or treating has been banned in Salford this year because going door-to-door counts as mixing households.

Due to Greater Manchester’s local restrictions, the government has confirmed that the children of Salford will not be able to trick or treat for Halloween this year.

For people where there are no local restrictions, trick or treating will be allowed, but only in groups of five as the person answering the door counts as the sixth person.

Anyone found to break the rules could be fined £200.

A No.10 spokesperson said: “The rules are clear on household mixing, dependent on whether you are in a local lock down area or not.

“We are clear that everybody needs to follow the rule of six to ensure we can control and try and reduce the spread of the virus. We are asking everybody to abide by that rule.”

So, what can you do that is Covid safe this Halloween?

Go Pumpkin Picking…

Visit your nearest pumpkin patch with your household for a socially-distanced day out, searching for the perfect pumpkin in the fresh air.

Then spend the afternoon carving your pumpkins with innovative designs (or whatever you can manage with a kitchen knife).

Use the map below to find your local pumpkin farm.

Get Crafty…

Once you have created some spook-tacular pumpkins, you could create a whole spooky display, click here to find some craft ideas.

Host a Virtual Halloween Party…

Zoom calls might feel SO lock down number one, but since this is a special occasion, why not host a virtual fancy dress Halloween quiz instead of Trick or Treating?

Click here to set up your own Zoom party.


Make some Terrifying Treats…

Complete your Halloween festivities with some spooky themed food. Click here for endless ideas and recipes.

Even try some healthy spooky treats…

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