NN #18: Halloween From Home
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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?

  • Hello-ween!
  • Trick-or-Treat?
  • 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.

Check out the full activity & decoration ideas here


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!

Virtual Bake-Off

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!

Check out the full activity here 

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?

Register for your free activity pack here

Get in touch!​​

Have an idea for a community activity or a fun Halloween alternative? Get in touch with us on FacebookTwitter 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!

Read more Neighbourhood News here 

We hope you have a good week, stay safe & mind each other from a distance!

All the best,

The Neighbourhood Network Team