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West Reading Halloween Trail

Fri 30 Oct - Sun 1 Nov, 17:30-20:30

Residents all over Reading are getting ready for what unexpectedly looks set to be one of the most exciting and anticipated Halloweens yet. Rather than letting Covid-19 restrictions and safety worries dampen the fun, residents in West Reading have turned the concept of trick or treating on its head, and are getting creative with plans for even bigger and better ways of getting into the spooky spirit safely.

Trick or treating and Halloween parties are out – getting dressed up and searching for spooky houses and window displays are in.

Anyone who decorates their window / garden / house / flat / shop / pub / café / school can have it added to a map for people to use to plot their route and spot as many decorated houses as possible over the Halloween weekend. We’ve extended the dates to over the whole weekend so people have plenty of time to see as many displays as possible and to make it easier to socially distance whilst out and about. Times are for displays that require lights on.

The West Reading Halloween Trail will be run similarly to the annual West Reading Window Wanderland that we also organise: downloadable map, non-competitive, anything goes as long as it is family friendly! The map can be downloaded from our website

Some streets are planning ideas together, such as Waverley Road and Wantage Road who are doing letter hunts with spooky phrases that needs uncovering.

Stranger Things window display for the West Reading Halloween Trail

As we can’t hold our popular free make-and-take workshops, we will be sharing some ideas for simple but very effective displays in our Facebook group.

The removal of the expectation of trick or treating has been liberating for people who want to decorate or take the kids out without having to do the trick or treat bit. This is a simpler and safer way of doing it with atmosphere, costumes and no melt downs over the wrong sweets or worries about running out! It also means that no one needs to stay in to dish out sweets and the whole family can enjoy going out together to spot other spooky houses after decorating their own.

West Reading Together is very grateful for funding from National Lottery Reaching Communities Fund. Thanks to players of the National Lottery for making this possible.

Spooky spider themed window display for the West Reading Halloween Trail