Halloween made a gentle return to Fairfield in 2021, with far fewer houses decorated than usual but many of those that were participating going to a great deal of effort and decking their houses out early so that they could be appreciated all weekend, in daylight as well as in the dark. Once darkness fell there was a steady trickle of trick or treaters – it was crowded enough to provide the requisite festive atmosphere but not enough to warrant calling the police this year – and, a couple of smashed pumpkins aside, the majority of the tricksters stayed away. Some of those providing the treats came up with some creative solutions to maintaining distance, too, which gave this year’s spookfest a very 2021 feel. One to remember.