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No trick or treating: Halloween is cancelled for England's high risk areas

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A customer looks at the Halloween costumes in the UK supermarket Asda, as the store launches a new sustainability strategy, in Leeds
A customer looks at the Halloween costumes in the UK supermarket Asda, as the store launches a new sustainability strategy, in Leeds

LONDON (Reuters) - Trick or treating during Halloween is banned in the areas of England in the highest level of COVID-19 lockdown, a junior minister in Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government said on Tuesday.

Asked by LBC radio if trick or treating - a tradition in which children go from house to house asking for goodies or threatening a trick - was banned, junior business minister Nadhim Zahawi said: "Sadly - tier three - you can't"

"It's a tough thing," Zahawi said.

Halloween, celebrated on Oct. 31, dates back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain when people would try to ward off ghosts. Some of the traditions of the festival were incorporated into Catholic vigils such as All Hallows' Eve.

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, editing by Paul Sandle)