Will you take your kids trick or treating this Halloween? Tell us what you think in our poll

By Sonia Sharma

Children across the country are picking out their Halloween costumes in preparation for the big event this month.

Families will also be planning to take part in Halloween trails or similar activities at various venues.

But what about trick or treating? Will people be taking part in the traditional custom as they did pre-pandemic?

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Last year, parents were being advised not to take their children trick or treating as the country battled against coronavirus.

The North East was under Tier 2 restrictions in October and people were told not to knock on doors or share sweets, and not to hold parties in their homes with others outside their household or support bubbles.

This year, Covid restrictions have all but lifted and families may feel it's ok to trick or treat again.

However, coronavirus cases continue to emerge. The Government said a further 181 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Tuesday, bringing the UK total to 137,944.

Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics showed there had been 163,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

As of 9am on Tuesday, there had been a further 38,520 lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases in the UK, the Government said.

So many people may still feel uncomfortable going out trick or treating with their children. In the same way, householders might not want to open doors and hand out sweets.

The Department of Health and Social Care says the country was in tiered restrictions around October last year however this year they don't have any specific guidance relating to Halloween, except generally advising ‘hands, face, space, fresh air’.

People are encouraged to wash their hands frequently and stay cautious to help protect themselves and others.

The Government says on its website: "Coronavirus remains a serious health risk. You should stay cautious to help protect yourself and others.

"Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer. Wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet."

So will you be going trick or treating? Take part in our poll above or let us know in our comments section.

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