Halloween Safety Tips from the BC Centre for Disease Control

Information from the BC Centre for Disease Control.

Celebrate less socially and trick-or-treat locally this Halloween!

  • Skip Halloween parties this year
  • Trick or treating in small groups can be a safe and a fun activity
  • Get creative in making space when handing out treats

No matter how you celebrate Halloween this year…

  • Turn off your porch light and stay at home if you are sick or self-isolating.
  • 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.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer often.

Skip Halloween parties this year

  • 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.
  • 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!

Trick-or-treating can be done safely by following these tips

  • Respect homes by staying away if the lights are out.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wash your hands before you go out, when you get home, and before eating treats.
  • Keep hand sanitizer with you if 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.

Get creative handing out treats

  • Get creative!
  • Use tongs, a baking sheet or make a candy slide to give more space when handing out candy.
  • Plan to hand out individual treats instead of offering a shared bowl.
  • Only hand out sealed, pre-packaged treats.
  • Wear a non-medical mask that covers your nose and mouth when handing out treats.
  • 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
  • If you are decorating, avoid props that can cause coughing, such as smoke machines.
  • Help make trick-or-treating more accessible to everyone by handing out treats from the bottom of your stairs or at your curb-side.

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