Halloween in Melksham

October 21, 2020

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Celebrate Halloween Safely this SeasonWith Halloween around the corner, Melksham Town Council is delighted to announce two events to get you in a supernatural mood this October.

Despite the usual parties and events not happening, Halloween is still a great time for colourful creativity which you can enjoy at home. Children and adults are invited to share pictures of their creations in two virtual events, the Melksham Pumpkin Carving Competition, and a Fancy Dress Competition.

Photos of your carved pumpkins are requested before midday on Saturday 31st October, and photos of your fancy dress outfits are welcome before 6pm on the 31st.

There will be categories for adults and children (under 12) for both Pumpkins and Fancy Dress and all photos submitted will be shared on the Town Council facebook page on Saturday 31 October. The winners will be decided by the amount of ‘likes’ each photo generates.

Photos must be taken in the Melksham area, and all creations must be respectful and inoffensive. Children should be supervised by an adult at all times while carving pumpkins.

Email your photographs to miriamzaccarelli@melksham-tc.gov.uk.

Wiltshire Council have also produced some more ideas of ways to keep safe this Halloween, listed below:

22 October 2020Halloween is usually a scarily good time of year for many, but we are encouraging you  to celebrate it safely this year, to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Wiltshire is in Tier 1 (medium) under new national rules announced last week. This means that measures such as the rule of six, working from home where possible and 10pm closing for leisure and hospitality sectors remain in force.

Halloween falls on a Saturday this year and it’s likely that people will want to celebrate. In order to tackle the spread of the virus, we are urging you to do Halloween a little differently this year and plan low risk fun activities within your household to protect your family, friends and neighbours as much as possible.

While large gatherings and parties, either indoors or outdoors are not possible this year there are still plenty of ways to celebrate safely while still having lots of fun.

Residents are reminded that traditional Halloween celebrations are likely to spread COVID-19 and should be avoided:

  • Trick or treating where treats are handed out and children go door to door.
  • Crowded costume parties held indoors or outdoors, or any gathering where there are more than six people.
  • Do not substitute your facemask with a Halloween mask as this will not keep you safe.

Current social distancing guidelines still need to be followed during the Halloween festivities:

  • Keep to the rule of six and remember hands, face, space.
  • Maintain physical distance from people you don’t live with. Remember to stay two metres apart.
  • If you’re hosting an activity, it is safer to hold it outdoors.
  • If you have COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19, have been in contact with anyone with COVID-19 you must self-isolate.

Visit GOV.UK for more information

Organise a Halloween trail - decorate your house and encourage neighbours to decorate theirs, creating a spooky trail for families to follow.

Decorate a Halloween poster – download, decorate and display one of our Halloween posters or complete our Halloween word search.

Carve or decorate a pumpkin – to light up your doorstep or in your window.

Scavenger hunt - give your children a list of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors admiring Halloween decorations at a distance.

Indoor trick or treating - buy your child’s favourite sweets and let them trick-or-treat door to door within your house or let them walk through the neighbourhood so they can show off their costume, then come home to a special treat or toy.

Have a spooky feast – make some spooky snacks with your children to create a stunning spread.

Watch a scary movie with the family - make a night of it by preparing some popcorn and sweets and setting a spooky scene.

Host a virtual party
A dance party - where your friends can learn the "Monster Mash" choreography or do the “Time Warp” all together. Or play some Halloween themed games and while listening to music.
A Halloween costume party - put on a costume and invite all your friends to a Halloween virtual party or quiz.

Put on a Halloween playlist - no matter how small your Halloween party, it won't be complete without some spooky tunes. Blast your favourites and have a dance party or play a game of freeze dance.  

Paint your kids' faces – use some spooky colours to paint your child’s face or let your children take turns painting each others' faces!

Make a mask - Make a Halloween themed face mask/covering
Mix a spooky cocktail - No Halloween is complete without a custom witch's brew cocktail or mocktail.

Look for the CE mark on the label - fancy dress costumes should be tested for flammability. The CE mark certifies it’s been tested.

Buy from a trusted store or website - if you’re shopping online, check who you are buying from. If it’s a third-party seller, find out as much about them as you can.

Read all the safety information - this includes on the label and online. If it’s clothing for small children, check for laces, drawstrings, and small, trailing or floaty parts.

Is it safe? Check it hasn’t been recalled - visit productrecall.campaign.gov.uk and check the costume hasn’t been recalled.

Find out more

Facebook Halloween quiz

Suitable for all ages

Our libraries are running a Facebook Halloween quiz to test your knowledge of all thing spooky. The quiz will be published at 7pm on Thursday 29 October, with answers published 24 hours later.
Find us on Facebook and take part

Halloween craft eMagazine

As part of Get Online Week, Amesbury library has created a video about Halloween and Christmas crafts.

Spooky Old Sarum - English Heritage

Suitable for families

Saturday 24 October – Sunday 1 November, 10am – 5pm

Gather your little monsters for a ghoulishly good day out at Old Sarum. Follow the trail to solve creepy clues and gather round to listen to spooky stories. There’s a frighteningly fun fancy dress competition every day – just come in your scariest outfits to be in with a chance of winning.

With tales of spectres and strange apparitions, Old Sarum has long had a reputation for ghostly happenings. Swoop by and sink your teeth into this Halloween adventure for all the family.

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