A Halloween trail is being organised in Amble, so families can still have fun, whilst socially distancing. Lorraine Hudson of Sweet & Flour pod in the Harbour Village told The Ambler, “We are aiming for families to be able to go for a walk and mark off spooky going-ons they see on their trail and maybe collect a few treats on the way.

Families are being encouraged to walk around their neighbourhood, and spot Halloween items – which could be as simple as a drawing of a pumpkin in a window or something more elaborate. The Ambler hears there is even a full blown skeleton in a coffin in someone’s garden!

Instead of children knocking on doors, people can leave bags of sweets on their garden gates, or parents could carry their own sweets and every time a child spots a Halloween item, they give them one themselves. Organisers ask parents to take hand sanitiser with them.

“We are advising all ghouls, ghosts, witches, wizards, zombies and vampires to remember to social distance,” said Lorraine. “Hopefully this will prevent people knocking on doors. We need to be mindful that not everyone can just get up and go to the door normally, never mind during our current circumstances, so much more needs to be taken in to account.”

Please keep to government guidelines. See below for Tier 2 restrictions*

The organisers, Lorraine Hudson, Louise Skirving and Christine Teesdale, hope that if the trail is successful, they can repeat it next year. To find out which areas of Amble are taking part, or to contact the organisers, check out the Amble Pumpkin Trail facebook page:

*TIER2/HIGH LEVEL RESTRICTIONS

See the government’s website for full details

You may continue to see friends and family you do not live with (or have not formed a support bubble with) outside, including in a garden or other outdoor space. When you do so, you must not meet in a group of more than 6. This limit of 6 includes children of any age.

Meeting in larger groups is against the law. There are certain exceptions (see below). The police can take action against you if you meet in larger groups. This includes breaking up illegal gatherings and issuing fines (fixed penalty notices).

You can be fined £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400. If you hold, or are involved in holding, an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can issue fines of £10,000.

If you live in a high alert level area you also cannot meet indoors with people outside of the area, unless exceptions apply.

When meeting friends and family you should:
-follow social distancing rules
-limit how many different people you see socially over a short period of time