Villagers turn pumpkin spotters to enjoy safe fun

With a season of celebrations under way, North Yorkshire residents are coming up with creative ways to enjoy the fun while staying Covid-aware.

For Hallowe’en, villagers in Little Thirkleby near Thirsk decided to create a pumpkin trail where families decorate pumpkins and leave them on display outside their house for others to find.

Heidi Bielby and her two young children, Elise and Harry, have put extra effort into decorating their pumpkins this year.

She said: “We heard about alternative, safe ways to enjoy Hallowe’en so the village came on board. Our pumpkin trail means we can still celebrate Hallowe’en as a community and in the safest way possible.

“Elise and Harry come up with a different design for their pumpkin each year. They’re both into arts and crafts at home and love making things. With the ongoing pandemic they chose to do rainbow painted pumpkins to pay tribute to the NHS.

“Covid-19 means they can’t go trick or treating as usual so the pumpkin spotting game seemed a great alternative and has kept us all busy during the school holidays. They’re looking forward to seeing what their friends in the village have done and counting them as they go.”

And Little Thirkleby isn’t the only place in North Yorkshire creating a pumpkin trail. For example, Slingsby near Malton has one, too.

As concerns continue about rising Covid-19 infection rates across the county, children and families are being urged to enjoy alternatives to traditional trick or treating on 31 October – and to celebrate Bonfire Night safely.

Find suggestions for alternatives to trick or treating.

Read guidance on how to celebrate Bonfire Night safely.