The Tier system has divided the nation in terms of everyone’s plans for Halloween. In Tier 1, you can trick or treat or have a gathering indoors as long as you social distance and stick to the rule of six. In Tier 2, you aren’t allowed in someone else’s home for a celebration but can trick or treat from the doorstep. In Tier 3, you have to stay indoors with members of your household and not meet with anyone else. Expres
What Tier you live in determines how you celebrate Halloween this year.
People living in Tier 3 will have to stay indoors and watch Halloween films, carve pumpkins, and play games on October 31.
These people cannot mix with other households indoors or in private spaces, meaning you can’t trick or treat or have a small gathering.
However, you have more options if you live in Tier 1 or 2.
Halloween in Tiers 1 and 2
Tier 1 is considered at medium risk, so you can definitely trick or treat as long as you social distance and stay in a group of six or less.
You can even step into someone’s home when you trick or treat or go to a friend or family member’s house.
Again, you must not meet in a group of more than six people indoors or outdoors and any bigger parties will be breaking the law.
This means a Halloween party of six people is allowed indoors or outdoors in Tier 1.
Halloween in Tiers 1 and 2: Tier 2 residents can’t mix with other households indoors
Halloween in Tiers 1 and 2: You cannot trick or treat or meet up with other households in Tier 3
Tier 2 areas are higher risk areas, so people living in them cannot meet with friends and family indoors in any setting.
This means you can’t go out for a meal together or invite them over for a Horror movie night.
However, you can meet five other people in an outdoor space such as a garden.
If a group of more than six people gather you could be fined £200 for the first offence, doubling to a maximum of £6,400 for further offences.
Downing Street has suggested trick or treating can take place as long as local restrictions are followed.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s official spokesman this week said: “The rules are those which apply to household mixing in general and what that means in practice is if you are in a very high alert level (Tier 3) then you cannot mix with other households indoors or in private outdoor spaces.
“If you’re in a high covid alert level (Tier 2) then the rule of six applies in private gardens and outdoor spaces but households must not mix indoors.
“And in terms of the medium alert level (Tier 1), you can meet indoors and outdoors in groups of no more than six people.”
So what can six people do outdoors on Halloween?
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How to celebrate Halloween outside
You don’t have to be inside to have a good time, there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy.
Make it cosy
It’s not warm outside, and that’s the main factor that puts people off from celebrating outdoors.
The experts at Miracle-Gro said: “To start you off, it’s best to find the right part of your garden that you want to use to make into a cosy space to enjoy the festivities.
“It might be a corner of a patio, or a decking area, or if you have an urban garden such as a balcony or a roof terrace, it might be the whole space.
“Clear it out and make it ready to decorate. You could even use some Patio Magic! if there is some paving that needs a little love.”
Add a patio heater and some fluffy blankets and pillows if you really feel the cold!
While Halloween is all about darkness and being scared, a little lighting will go a long way and make everyone feel safe and warm.
The experts at MiracleGro said: “There are a few different ways you can make a space cosy with lighting – fairy lights or string lights can be draped along walls, fences, the back of chairs and even strung between the trees.
“You can also use lanterns and candles, which really make the area feel intimate as the sun goes down.
“Just remember to keep any open flames, including candles and jack-o’-lanterns, under a watchful eye at all times!”
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Halloween in Tiers 1 and 2: You could even set up a cinema outdoors
Cold is extremely off putting, and one of the easiest ways to warm up is by having a hot drink.
Why not do this in creepy Halloween style?
Serve up a witches brew from a cauldron, this could be a coffee, tea or hot chocolate in a Halloween cup.
Alternatively, make your own pumpkin spiced hot chocolate or latte and serve it to your guests.
Get crafty in the kitchen and make some horrible-looking but tasty food.
Eyeball spaghetti anyone? What about pumpkin soup, or jack-o-lantern stuffed peppers?
Halloween is all about the drama and decorations, and it’s still possible to do this outside.
Carve up some pumpkins with ghoulish designs and string some fake cobwebs around the area.
You can’t do a haunted house theme outside, but you can go down the haunted woodland route.
Why not make your own bats out of cardboard and hand them from the trees, or add some dry ice to the garden.
Play some scary music, get your costumes on, and it will be like a regular Halloween!
Halloween in Tiers 1 and 2: Carve your pumpkins or harvest ones you planted
There are currently 17 species of bat in Britain… have you ever seen one?
Bats are a classic Halloween trope, so it’s only fitting that you try and see one with your own eyes on the spooky occasion.
Miracle-Gro’s experts said: “Creating a bat-friendly environment at home in your garden could help keep bats flying the night sky in the numbers they should, and provide a little
spooky entertainment for your children, who can try to spot the creatures on a dark night!
“Bats often go unseen, unsurprising as they are active during the night whilst we are tucked up in bed.
“To encourage them to your garden, increase food supply and provide shelter to create a bat-friendly garden.
“Bats prey on insects (some considered pests!) such as mosquitoes, moths, and midges.
“Growing particular plants helps as certain flowers attract moths and other creatures (great snacks for a hungry bat!)”
If you’re trying to spot one in the day, check in dark places such as in hollow trees or under tiles.
Purchase a bat box from a garden centre to give the bats a safe place to rest so you can catch a glimpse easily.
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It wouldn’t be Halloween without pumpkins, would it?
If you were forward thinking enough to plant pumpkins earlier in the year, you might be preparing to harvest them around now.
Pumpkins can be planted from late May to early summer, so make a note in your calendar for next year if you forgot this year.
If you did, MiracleGro has explained exactly how to harvest them.
The experts at MiracleGro said: “Leave the fruits to ripen on the plants as long as possible for the best flavour.
“If there’s a risk of early frosts, protect the pumpkins with cardboard and straw.
“To judge when to harvest pumpkins, knock gently on the fruits. If they sound hollow, they’re ready to harvest.
“Use secateurs to cut pumpkins off the vine, leaving a long stalk on the fruit.
“Before storing pumpkins, first cure the skins by leaving the fruits out in the sun for around 10 days. In poor weather, place them in a greenhouse, or on a sunny windowsill.
“Once the skins have cured, store the pumpkins in a well-ventilated, cool room, at a temperature of around 7-10°C. Check periodically for any signs of rot and remove any affected fruits.”
You can still carve pumpkins you have bought from a store or picked from a patch, so this idea is possible for anyone!