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Students angry as Covid-19 ruins Halloween plans

By Rodayna Raydan Oct 17, 2020
Mandatory Credit: Photo by CIRO FUSCO/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (10962170a) A shop sells items for Halloween in Naples, southern Italy, 16 October 2020. Campania Governor Vincenzo De Luca on 16 October said he would impose a 10pm COVID curfew on bars, restaurants and night spots on the Halloween weekend. De Luca has spurred controversy by closing the southern region's schools amid a COVID-19 spike. Halloween decoration in Naples, Italy - 16 Oct 2020

There’s a new monster around this pumpkin season. The usual excitement, spookiness and anticipation has been upstaged by Covid-19 and the scary restrictions in place.

Many students are left disappointed by the rules as plans for Halloween have been ruined. Celebrations have to be minimal and different.

Maya Grey said: “It’s my last year at university and I feel really disappointed that I won’t be able to celebrate Halloween with my friends because of the new Tier 2 restrictions that are ridiculous.”

With the current rule of six in place across the UK, large parties or gatherings will not be allowed and in London no socialising indoors is acceptable unless you are one household or in a support bubble.

Many students are frustrated. Caroline Chastain, an international student at a London university said: “I was looking forward to celebrating Halloween with my friends in the UK but unfortunately our plans are ruined by the government’s restrictions.”

While many areas are under local lockdowns, trick or treating will be tricky.

“Me and my friends were planning to party at a pub but now our plans are cancelled because we are not all from the same household.”

David Anderson, a second year university student. 

Retailers are hoping households in the UK celebrate the event in some form while still obeying the rules. UK consumers typically spend around £400m on Halloween costumes and treats.

A spokesman at Asda said: “There is a low demand for the Halloween collection and we have seen a change in sales from last year It’s very disappointing as families and kids are always excited and shop early for their costumes.”

So what are the alternatives for students who still want some Halloween entertainment while sticking to the rules? 

Check out our list of the things you can do to celebrate safely and enjoy a spooky night.

By Rodayna Raydan

Aspiring journalism student at Kingston university with a Lebanese heritage and fluent English and Arabic. I'm currently the news editor at the River Online.

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