Mum shares genius contact-free way to hand out sweets for trick or treating children at Halloween

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Spooky season is in full swing as Halloween approaches but it's not going to be quite the same as previous years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Halloween house parties are pretty much unable to go ahead due to the rule of six in tier one areas, tier two can socialise but only outdoors and tier three are banned from households mixing.

But for those parents still looking to make Halloween fun for their children and allow them to take part in annual trick or treating activity where they can collect sweets from around their neighbourhood, one mum has come to the rescue.

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Taking to Facebook group Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK, she shared her genius idea which allows people to hand out sweets contact free for trick or treating children.

Sharing cobweb type contraption pinned with bags of sweets situated outside her garden, the clever mum wrote: "Just an idea for people who want to participate in Halloween this year.

"I have just made this spiders web sweet holder as I wanted an alternative to the pumpkin lollipop holder.

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She added: "It cost me nothing as I had the clothes rail and string already, I'm going to jazz it up a bit more with Halloween bits I already have."

It means that any children passing by with their parents, can help themselves and the mum reassured others in the Facebook group that she wasn't breaking the COVID-19 rules that had been put in place.

"The kids in our area are doing pumpkin trails so wont be going trick or treating – this is just an added bonus for kids on their walk.

She also added that she had taken a few extra precautions: "Also the sweets are in packets so will be sprayed down. We won't be opening the door, this will be positioned on our driveway."

The most recent government restrictions mean that people cannot go outside in groups larger than six, which includes children in England, and advice has been issued that if parents decide to go trick or treating they must wear a mask as they go between houses.

While some people tend to turn out their lights to show that they have opted out of the annual activity, there's no real clear way to do so and can put some vulnerable people who are shielding at risk.

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The mum's idea was well received by many, as others shared their own ideas: "Love this idea we have been making gloves stuffed with treats".

However one naysayer wrote: "This is awesome until the first greedy monster comes along and takes them all lol."

Other parents from around the UK have come up with a way to celebrate Halloween, including one mum who in Leicester who has arranged a 'Spot a Pumpkin' event.

Similar to the rainbows children drew to place in their windows to support the NHS during lockdown, she decided to encourage youngsters in households to draw pumpkins and stick them up for others to spot.

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