The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit does not advise taking part in traditional Halloween activities this year. If you do decide to take part, there are a number of precautions you can take to keep you and others safe and healthy.
Alternate Halloween Ideas
- Encourage kids to dress up and participate in virtual activities and parties.
- Organize a Halloween candy hunt with people living in their own household.
- Carving pumpkins and/decorating house or front lawn.
- Having a movie night or sharing scary stories.
Safer Trick or Treating
It is strongly recommended that families not travel outside of their neighbourhood to celebrate Halloween.
If you choose to trick or treat,
- Only go out with members of your household.
- Only trick or treat outside.
- Trick or treaters 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.
- Do not congregate or linger at doorsteps and remember to line up two metres apart if waiting. Avoid high-touch surfaces and objects.
- When collecting use hand sanitizer frequently and wash your hands immediately upon returning home.
Handing Out Treats
- Turn off your porch light if you are sick or self-isolating.
- Those 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.
- Do not allow visitors to congregate or linger at doorsteps and remind them to line up two metres apart if waiting. Avoid high-touch surfaces and objects.
- While handing out treats, wash your hands often and thoroughly, or use hand sanitizer.
- 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.