What Halloween 2020 may look like in Hertfordshire with pumpkin festivals and spooky trails

What Halloween 2020 may look like in Hertfordshire with pumpkin festivals and spooky trails

Halloween 2020  The coronavirus pandemic has wiped out much of the events calendar this year.

But with little over a month to go till Halloween, there are a number of celebrations being planned.

If no further restrictions are brought in by the government, several events will go ahead in October to mark the season.

From family trails to pumpkin festivals, there looks plenty to do.

All events that are listed in this article are, at the time of writing, still going ahead, but these are subject to change depending on government guidance nearer the time.

A number of changes have already been implemented at some of the events to make them Covid-secure, and the organisers are all hopeful that they’ll be able to welcome families and not have to cancel.

Willows Activity Farm Pumpkin Festival

Staff at Willows Activity Farm in St Albans, Hertfordshire, are hopeful that their Halloween pumpkin festival will go ahead this year.

They’re fully prepared and have around 20,000 pumpkins ready for families to come and pick.

It’s been months in the planning – with an incredible 40,000 seeds planted back in May – and the farm’s CEO, Lyssa Elster, says they must press ahead with the mindset that the festival will go ahead.

“Obviously, we’re very aware of what’s happening. The six people rule means we’ve done things such as you can’t book more than six tickets on our website now, which most leisure attractions have done,” she said.

“Even though there are talks of more restrictions coming in, at the moment I haven’t seen anything that would restrict activities outside.”

This goat is looking forward to Halloween

Pumpkin carving, to keep in line with the government rules, will now be done outside, and there are 10 acres of the pumpkin patch for families to explore.

The Willows Gourds Grotto is in a poly tunnel-type marquee with plenty of ventilation, and there are plenty of Instagrammable displays for families to get their picture taken alongside too.

The farm, due to social distancing regulations, is operating at around 40 per cent capacity, and Lyssa says that it is now operating a rainy day policy for its members where, if it rains for an hour or more, they can return on another day when the weather’s nicer.

She says there’s plenty of work ahead and the uncertainty is keeping everyone on their toes.

Halloween trail

Harpenden Town Council has been working with 10 local businesses to develop a Halloween trail around the town.

The businesses will set up a Halloween theme display for children to visit and tick off their map trail, and each child that completes the trail on the day will be given a small prize and entered into a draw for the overall prize.

Shop owners and participants will be encouraged to dress up for the occasion, with the event running in line with the monthly Harpenden Farmers’ Market.

In order to comply with regulations and to make the event Covid-secure, a number of adjustments to the event have been made and booking will be essential for the trail.

The event is taking place on October 25 between 10am and 2pm at Harpenden Common

Wild Things at Halloween Trail and Pond Dipping

This event in Rye Meads Nature Reserve, Stanstead Abbotts, is perfect for the whole family.

The event listing says: “Join Esmerelda Raventree, the good witch of Rye Meads, and help her save the reserve.

“On your quest you will find your perfect wand, face your fears and identify ingredients for a magic potion. Come in your best scary costume to strike a spooky pose for our photo competition!”

Spooky Wrest Park

Take part in the spooky Wrest Park trail

For this event just over the Herts border in Silsoe, Bedfordshire, you can gather your little monsters for a ghoulishly good day out at Wrest Park during October half term.

You can follow the trail to solve creepy clues and gather round to listen to spooky stories, with a frighteningly fun fancy dress competition every day.

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