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Pumpkin trail for families to enjoy the Halloween season safely

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Families are being encouraged to take part in a district-wide pumpkin trail which will give the opportunity to celebrate Halloween in a fun, spooky and COVID-secure way.

This year, coronavirus restrictions mean we need to look at different ways of marking seasonal events and stick to a safer way of having fun.

Working in partnership with Active Essex and Barnardo’s, Braintree District Council are encouraging residents and partners to take part in a district-wide Halloween Pumpkin Trail where they can design their own pumpkins or Halloween drawings and display in the window of their home, as a way of building community spirit and creating an activity everyone can take part in.

Families can take a walk around their local community and see what ones they can spot as part of Active Essex’s Daily Mile initiative which aims improve children’s physical activity in an easy, inclusive and fun way.

For every daily mile they complete, parents can download a certificate to give to kids for taking part.

A Halloween-themed colouring sheet is available to download online that can be used as part of people’s pumpkin trail displays which can be found on the Visit Braintree District website or follow Visit Braintree District on Facebook and Instagram. A list of local buildings and landmarks that are taking place can also be found on the website that parents can use as a checklist to visit.

Councillor Frankie Ricci, Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture and Tourism at Braintree District Council, said: “Halloween is a great time of year but it will be a little different for us all. This trail is a fantastic way to enjoy this year’s Halloween celebrations in a COVID secure way as it’s important that we stick to the guidelines to reduce the spread of the virus and protect each other. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone’s displays whether that’s a pumpkin carving or a spooky picture, which we know will bring some real community spirit to the district.”

Hollie Wood, Assistant Relationship Manager at Active Essex, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Braintree District Halloween Pumpkin Trail this year. 2020 has seen many inventive adaptations and Halloween is no exception in Braintree! For most of us, getting outside in the fresh air has been a lifeline, and over half term you and your family can get creative, get dressed up and get outside to join in the fun. We’ve teamed the Pumpkin trail up with The Daily Mile™ too so you can download a certificate as a bonus ‘treat’!”

Karen March, Community Engagement Worker for Braintree district at Barnardo’s, said: Essex Child and Family Wellbeing service aims to make sure that everyone in Essex has the best possible start in life by meeting the identified needs of children, young people and families. Support your emotional wellbeing and stay active by getting out with your family with fantastic half term trail, if you’re feeling like you need a bit more support Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service is here to help.”

The idea for the Halloween-themed trail was inspired by the rainbow trail which gave youngsters something to spot on their daily walks, as households created their own rainbows and posted them in windows.

A dedicated Facebook event page has been created for residents to post their photos which will be shared across social media in the lead up to Halloween – search Braintree District Halloween Pumpkin Trail on Facebook.

Residents are encouraged to come up with some creative ways to celebrate Halloween safely this year, whilst sticking to the current coronavirus guidelines to protect family and friends and help stop the spread of coronavirus. Residents can watch a Halloween safety advice video from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

Visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus for more information.

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