Chesterfield barber shop offering ghoulishly great gifts for trick-or-treaters this Halloween

A Chesterfield barber shop has come up with a fiendishly fantastic way of putting smiles on kids’ faces this oddly different Halloween.

Friday, 30th October 2020, 7:00 am

Less Than Zero Barbers will place buckets of sweets on the doorway of its Soresby Street shop on Saturday for trick-or-treaters to enjoy.

Halloween won’t quite be the same this year because of restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus, including social distancing regulations and the rule of six.

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Martin Wallis-Keyworth at work at Less Than Zero Barbers earlier this year. Picture by Brian Eyre.

Martin Wallis-Keyworth, owner of Less Than Zero Barbers, said: “We are always thinking about how we can help the community and have come up with the novel idea of providing sweets to kids on Saturday as part of restricted trick-or-treat activities.

“We will be putting sweet buckets in our entrance for kids to safely get a treat so that no one is missing out completely on the experience.

“Treats will be available from 9am to 5pm – and all that’s asked is a ghoulish smile and outfit and for children to be accompanied by an adult to ensure everyone’s safety.”

Asked about the prospect of trick-or-treating being banned this year, the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said parents needed to use their ‘common sense’.

They added: “If you’re in a ‘high’ Covid alert level (like Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire) then the rule of six applies in private gardens and outdoor spaces but households must not mix indoors.”

Less Than Zero Barbers was one of many hospitality businesses in Chesterfield to be closed for nearly four months as part of the nationwide lockdown earlier this year.

Since reopening on July 4, the shop has been dealing with challenges faced by other businesses in and around the town.

Martin added: “We’ve been astonished at how our customer base has stayed extremely loyal – and the amount of new customers we are having booking in is amazing.

“It’s important that everyone helps each other out at this moment in time, and everyone pulls together to keep each other safe and tries to encourage the continued use of the town centre and the wider community.

“We need a vibrant town centre to come back to after all the Covid restrictions.”

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