Halloween during COVID-19

Enjoy Halloween activities safely. Guidelines you should follow to stay safe, help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect others during Halloween.

Trick-or-treating

Take precautions when you’re trick-or-treating:

  • don’t go trick-or-treating if you’re feeling unwell, have any COVID-19 symptoms or are self-isolating
  • keep a physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from other trick-or-treaters, including when getting treats and passing other groups on the street
  • go trick-or-treating with people from your household or with your close social group of up to 10 people
  • try trick-or-treating in outdoor spaces
  • wear a mask if you’re trick-or-treating indoors and follow gathering limits
  • avoid ringing doorbells (gently knock on the door)
  • don’t trick-or-treat at a place that’s not well lit
  • don’t trick-or-treat at a place that has a ‘not participating in trick-or-treating this year’ sign
  • keep conversations short and don’t shout or sing for candy
  • don’t take treats from a self-serve bowl or container
  • wash your hands often, especially before putting on or taking off a mask and touching high touch surfaces
  • take hand sanitizer with you trick-or-treating (with at least 60% alcohol)
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home from trick-or-treating
  • follow hand washing guidelines before and after handling and eating your treats (you don’t need to clean, disinfect or quarantine treats)

Handing out treats

Keep trick-or-treaters safe when you’re handing out treats:

  • don’t participate in any Halloween activities, including handing out treats if you’re feeling unwell, have any COVID-19 symptoms or are self-isolating
  • make sure your treats are pre-packaged
  • if you’re not participating in trick-or-treating turn off your lights, take down decorations and put up a sign indicating you’re not participating in trick-or-treating this year
  • hand out treats from your porch, driveway, front yard or at the front door, if possible
  • if you can’t hand out treats from outside then clean and disinfect doorbells, handrails and door handles often
  • have 1 person from your household give out treats
  • wash your hands often throughout the evening with soap and water or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol)
  • don’t have children take treats from a self-serve bowl or container
  • use tongs or other utensils to hand out treats or put them on a table
  • wear a mask when you can’t keep a physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from others
  • don’t ask trick-or-treaters to sing or shout for their treats

Halloween parties

Celebrate Halloween safely, including Halloween gatherings for children instead of trick-or-treating:

  • don’t host or go to a Halloween party if you or someone in your household is feeling unwell, have any COVID-19 symptoms or are self-isolating
  • don’t invite guests who are feeling unwell, have any COVID-19 symptoms or are self-isolating
  • celebrate with family and friends from your close social group of 10
  • keep gatherings small and within the gathering limits for close social groups, community events and events run by a recognized business (parties at a home have a gathering limit of 10 people)
  • make informed choices about who and how to interact with people (consider age, occupation and health conditions) before attending or hosting a Halloween party
  • follow Public Health advice to stay safe, help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect others
  • wear a mask in most indoor public spaces (don’t replace your non-medical mask with a Halloween costume mask)
  • choose costumes that allow a non-medical mask to be worn underneath - make sure you can see and breathe comfortably
  • only serve food and beverages if physical distancing and hand washing guidelines are followed
  • have 1 person serve food and beverages (avoid self-serve and buffets) or have pre-packaged single serving food
  • don’t share food, beverages or serving utensils
  • follow cough and sneeze guidelines and clean common surfaces often

Posters

Post these on your door or window to let trick-or-treaters know if you're participating in trick-or-treating this year.