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Tricks for a safer Halloween

Tricks for a safer Halloween

Struggling with how to make Halloween a little less scary this year? The BC Centre for Disease Control has some tricks for you.

Safer trick-or-treating

  1. Respect homes by staying away if the lights are out.
  2. 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 face covering.
  3. 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.
  4. Wash your hands before you go out, when you get home, and before eating treats.
    • Keep hand sanitizer with you for 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.
  5. 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.

Skip Halloween parties this year

  1. 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 group.
  2. 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!

Get creative handing out treats

  1. Use tongs, a baking sheet or make a candy slide to give more space when handing out candy.   
  2. Plan to hand out individual treats instead of offering a shared bowl.   
  3. Only hand out sealed, pre-packaged treats.
  4. Wear a non-medical mask that covers your nose and mouth when handing out treats.   
  5. 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
  6. Help make trick-or-treating more accessible to everyone by handing out treats from the bottom of your stairs or at your curb-side.