Published on October 20, 2020

Have a Spooktacular & Safe Halloween

Halloween is a fun time filled with pumpkin carving, costumes and treats for children and adults alike. This year, Halloween celebrations will be different due to COVID-19 and Public Health Orders. 

Tips and Tricks

Whether you’ve planned for an indoor activity, to stay home and hand out candy, or a night of trick or treating, remember the following:

  • Trick or Treating
    • Stay home if you are feeling unwell. 
    • Design costumes to allow for a non-medical mask to be worn underneath. 
    • Minimize contact with others; trick-or-treat with your family or cohort, remain within your community, and stay 2 metres apart. 
    • Wash hands and disinfect packages before eating candy.
    • Avoid touchpoints – i.e. Doorbells, hand railings, etc.
  • Handing Out Candy
    • Do not hand out candy if you are feeling unwell.
    • Ask trick-or-treaters to knock instead of using doorbell to minimize touchpoints.
    • Wear a non-medical mask when dispersing candy.
    • Use tongs to hand out pre-packaged candy to avoid handling treats.
    • If the weather cooperates – hand out treats from your driveway or front lawn.
  • Halloween Parties
    • Stay home if you are feeling unwell. 
    • Choose games and activities where physical distancing is possible.
    • Wash or sanitize your hands often.
    • Host your gathering outdoors and keep the group small.
  • Additional Resources 
    • Print off a poster to let trick-or-treaters know if you’re “open for boo-ness” or “treating them next year.” Visit to download and print PDF versions of the posters. 

Have a safe and happy Halloween!  
For COVID-19 information, visit

Source: Government of Alberta

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Last edited: October 20, 2020