15 Oct NN #18: Halloween From Home
We’re back with some frightfully fun Neighbourhood Network updates! Halloween has always been a great chance to mingle with neighbours & share in some spooky fun, but we’ll have to rethink how we do things this year due to COVID guidelines.
We’re here to share a few ideas that will help get you & your community in the Halloween spirit safely!
Some Stories to Share
What’s in Neighbourhood News #18?
- Virtual Bake-Off
- Community Challenge News
One easy way to get your community in the Halloween spirit is to invite everyone to go all out & decorate their houses & driveways!
Encourage the whole neighbourhood to get involved & create something really spook-tacular! It’s a great chance to lift your community spirit & have some Halloween fun.
For kids, the fun of Halloween is knocking around door to door trick-or-treating in their costumes. With a bit more organising & preparation, kids can still have some fun without putting cocooners at risk. Here are a couple of ideas for your neighbourhood:
- Halloween Trick-or-Treat Parade: Laura from Cork’s community is planning a small, socially distanced Halloween Trick-or-Treat Parade. Just set up outside a table outside the houses taking part & have individual bags of sweets ready to go for kids- sanitising your hands between handing out each bag. Kids get to show off their costumes & get a treat, and cocooners can rest assured their doorbells won’t be going all night.
- Halloween Scavenger Hunt: Come up with a scavenger hunt list (there are loads of helpful examples online) for kids with different decorations that they can spot in the community. Once they’ve spotted everything, have a designated spot they can come to & pick up an individual bag of sweets as a prize!
Now more than ever, it’s so important to make sure we’re checking in with cocooners & our more vulnerable or isolated neighbours. So why not organise some fun, virtual events for neighbours to get involved with from home? Try giving our Virtual Bake-Off a go!
The idea is simple- choose a recipe for everyone to follow, send it around to your neighbours & then send in photos of your bake to a neighbourhood WhatsApp group. Make it seasonal & have a fun Halloween bake-off for your neighbours!
Why not organise a neighbourhood video call to show off your finished bakes? Or head out to the front garden for a socially distanced cuppa, Tea-At-Three style!
Community Challenge News
We’ve had a great response to our Community Activity Challenge! Thanks to everyone who has been sending in pictures of your safe community get-togethers & activity ideas.
To get your free activity pack all you need to do is upload a picture of your community having fun together & taking part in a community activity safely within COVID guidelines.
You can do this in the registration section on your Change X profile. Why not start off with something really simple, like a Tea-At-Three?
Get in touch!
Have an idea for a community activity or a fun Halloween alternative? Get in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram & let us know what you’ve been working on in your community! We’ll even feature your activity online & in our next newsletter!
Register your neighbourhood/ existing group or sign up as a volunteer/coordinator here!
We hope you have a good week, stay safe & mind each other from a distance!
All the best,
The Neighbourhood Network Team