Simon Harris has said that trick or treating this Halloween is 'not a good idea'.
In a 'special message' for children posted to Instagram this morning, the Minister confirmed what we all suspected - that this Halloween will be very different.
Harris said: "I've gotten lots of contact from lots of children asking about Halloween, and in the past when we've been blunt and honest with our kids they've responded with such resilience.
"It's been so tough for them, they've had communions cancelled, confirmations cancelled, schools closed, exams cancelled, graduations moving online and all sorts of different things.
"In relation to Halloween, let me say this, it's going to be different this year, it's not a good idea to start trapesing around to everybody's house but that doesn't mean you can't have a good time.
"It doesn't mean you can't dress up in a scary costume, it doesn't mean your mum or dad can't get treats into the house or watch a spooky movie or play some games.
"But let's make sure the only fright we give each other is the frightening Halloween games we play and not a fright of people getting sick."
Yesterday it was confirmed that there were 1,012 new Covid cases in Ireland, in the highest jump since April of this year. Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said this morning that a "short, hard lockdown' may be necessary to curb the spread of the virus.
Speaking on RTE's The Week in Politics today, TD Niall Collins asserted “there is absolutely no plan to close our schools beyond the traditional one week break at Halloween".