Residents urged to enjoy a fun and safe Halloween at home

Bristol residents are being encouraged to have fun at home this Halloween – so they can stay safe and help control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Launching a competition to find the city’s best Halloween home window display – the council and police are reminding people not to forget safety while celebrating.

Winners of the best display will be awarded four tickets and a café voucher for Wildlife Photographer of the Year at M Shed.

Marvin Rees, Bristol City Mayor, said: “We all need to work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and prevent the city from having tighter restrictions like other areas of the country.

“Therefore it is strongly advised that you celebrate Halloween at home remembering how the virus spreads from person to person, either through direct contact, or transmission on items.

“Staying in and avoiding trick or treating could prevent the spread of the virus and keep you, your friends, families and neighbours safe.”

Households are being encouraged to put signs on their windows or doors to make visitors aware they are not participating in trick or treating this year.

The council is also reminding residents it is vital they continue to follow the ‘Rule of Six’ both inside and outside their home, and stay two metres apart from others they don’t live with.

Bristol Area Commander for Avon and Somerset Police, Superintendent Andy Bennett, said: “We want people to be able to have fun this Halloween, but we want to ensure that any celebrations are safe and follow the current guidelines.

“Some residents, including the elderly, vulnerable and those who are self-isolating, may be feeling particularly anxious at the moment so if you do choose to go out, please remember to respect other people and follow the important rules: no groups bigger than six outside of your household, wear a mask, keep two metres apart and wash your hands regularly.

“If people cooperate and follow the rules, it will be a treat for everyone. However, if people choose to be tricky and ignore the advice which puts others at risk, they may end up with a fine.” 

The council has issued some ideas for Halloween at home

  • Get creative with your window display, wow your neighbours and enter the council’s Halloween Home Window Display Competition
  • Carve a pumpkin, or a turnip, or make a whole family of decorated fruit and veg
  • Set up a spooky scavenger hunt around the house
  • Create a ‘Great Beastly Bake Off’ posting your bakes online
  • Have a scary movie marathon with lots of scary snacks
  • Host a fancy dress Halloween themed virtual party or quiz

To enter the Halloween Window competition send a photo of your home window display to with the subject line ‘Halloween Window Competition’. Winners will be judged on ‘originality, creativity, effort and spook-factor’.

The competition closes at midnight on Saturday 7 November 2020. See the T&Cs here.