We wish for our residents to enjoy a safe and fun Halloween this year. We are passing along some suggestions from the BC Centre for Disease website. Outdoor trick or treating can be safe when people respect physical distancing, wear masks, use hand sanitizer and ensure treats are prepackaged.
No matter how you celebrate Halloween this year:
- Turn off your porch light and stay at home if you are sick or self-isolating.
- Try including a non-medical mask or face covering as part of your costume. Costume masks should not be
worn over non-medical masks or face coverings as that may make it difficult to breathe.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer often.
Skip Halloween parties this year:
Leave the parties behind. Indoor gatherings, big or small, put people at higher risk of getting COVID-19.
Celebrate with your favourite Halloween movie or other traditions that you can do with your household or social
If you host or attend a small party, keep it within your social group (stick to six):
- You should know everyone who attends, no plus ones. Follow our guidelines for safer celebrations.
- Don't pass around snacks, drinks, smokes, tokes, and vapes.
- Be more outside, than inside. Keep your space well-ventilated with windows open. Avoid using props that
can cause coughing, such as smoke machines.
- Be careful with hand sanitizer and open flames - hand sanitizer is very flammable!
Trick-or-treating can be done safely by following these tips:
- Respect homes by staying away if the lights are out.
- Keep to your local neighbourhood this year. Avoid trick-or-treating in busy areas or indoors (in places like
malls) since there may not be enough space to distance. Indoor spaces may require a non-medical mask or
- Trick-or-treat in a small social group, stick to six people. Leave space between you and other groups to
reduce crowding on stairs and sidewalks.
- Wash your hands before you go out, when you get home, and before eating treats. Keep hand sanitizer with
you if eating treats on the go. You don't need to clean every treat. You should instead wash your hands after
handling treats and not touch your face.
Get creative handing out treats:
- Get creative! Use tongs, a baking sheet or make a candy slide to give more space when handing out candy.
Plan to hand out individual treats instead of offering a shared bowl. Only hand out sealed, pre-packaged
- Wear a non-medical mask that covers your nose and mouth when handing out treats.
- Be more outside, than inside. If you can, stand outside your door to hand out treats. Then kids won't need to
touch the door or doorbell. If you're unable to sit outside to hand out treats, clean and disinfect doorbells
and knobs, handrails, and any other high touch surface often during the evening.
- If you are decorating, avoid props that can cause coughing, such as smoke machines.
- Help make trick-or-treating more accessible to everyone by handing out treats from the bottom of your
stairs or at your curbside.
Consider launching a virtual competition with your neighbours for the best outdoor Halloween decorations or
show kindness by sharing photos, or connecting virtually, instead of hugs with your loved ones who are more at
Be kind, be calm and be safe this Halloween.