Don’t let #COVID19 ruin your Halloween. Here are 8 great ideas to help you celebrate safely with your family, household, and even your community! #HappyHalloween

Published on October 29, 2020

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Halloween Guidance for all Ontarians

To have a safe and happy Halloween, Ontarians should follow some simple steps:

  • Avoid gatherings with people outside of your household;
  • Stay home if you are feeling ill, even if you have mild symptoms, or if you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19;
  • If you live outside the modified Stage 2 public health unit regions and are going to go out to trick or treat:

o   Only go out with members of your household;

o   Only trick or treat outside;

o   Both trick or treaters and people handing out candy should wear a face covering. A costume mask is not a substitute for a face covering and should not be worn over a face covering as it may make it difficult to breathe;

o   Do not congregate or linger at doorsteps and remember to line up two metres apart if waiting. Avoid high-touch surfaces and objects;

o   Whether collecting or handing out treats, wash your hands often and thoroughly, or use hand sanitizer; and

o   Do not leave treats in a bucket or bowl for children to grab and consider using tongs or other similar tools to hand out treats.

It is recommended that people check with their local municipality or public health unit for any additional advice or restrictions that may be in place. It is important that families not travel outside of their neighbourhood to celebrate Halloween.

Halloween Guidance for Toronto, Ottawa, Peel and York Region:

Given the high transmission of COVID-19 in the modified Stage 2 public health unit regions of Ottawa, Peel, Toronto and York Region, traditional door-to-door trick or treating is not recommended and parents should consider alternative ways to celebrate. This can include, but is not limited to:

  • Bake Halloween treats
  • Trick or treat in bedrooms
  • Organize a Halloween drive-by parade with your neighbours
  • Decorate your house
  • Watch a Halloween movie
  • Carve a pumpkin
  • Backyard scavenger hunt
  • Virtual costume party