Southwestern Public Health is advising community members to be cautious and consider local risks when planning Hallowe’en activities.

“With our relatively low rates in the region, Hallowe’en activities including a limited trick-or-treat night may proceed,” says Dr. Joyce Lock, Medical Officer of Health. “I recommend families pay close attention to our COVID-19 cases as we lead up to October 31st and adjust plans as needed.”

Southwestern Public Health has advice to manage COVID-19 risks on Hallowe’en:

  • Stay home if feeling ill or if you have mild symptoms.
  • Only go out trick-or-treating outside and with members of your immediate household.
  • Trick-or-treaters and people handing out candy should wear a face covering.
  • Do not congregate or linger at doorsteps and line up two metres apart if waiting.
  • Whether collecting or handing out treats, wash hands often or use hand sanitizer.
  • Use tongs to hand out treats; do not leave treats in a bowl for children to grab.
  • A costume mask is not a substitute for a face covering and should not be worn over a face covering as it may be difficult to breathe. Consider incorporating a face covering into your child’s costume instead.

Other safe Hallowe’en options include decorating the exterior of your home, hosting a virtual pumpkin carving or costume contest, or watching Hallowe’en movies with members of your household.

Individuals who have health concerns and those aged 65 or older should avoid in-person Hallowe’en activities, such as handing out candy or visiting family members.

View additional guidance for festive gatherings online at

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