Halloween & COVID 19: Safety Tips


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Halloween & COVID 19: Safety Tips

Wondering how to have a safe and happy Halloween during the pandemic? The Province of Alberta has prepared some COVID-19 tips and tricks to help you enjoy your favourite Halloween activities!


  • Don't go trick-or-treating if feeling ill, even if symptoms are minor
  • Choose costumes that allow a non-medical mask to be worn underneath - make sure you can see and breathe comfortably
  • Trick-or-treat with your household. If you run into friends or family, stay 2 metres apart
  • Avoid touching doorbells or railings: call "trick or treat" from 2 metres away
  • Wash or sanitize hands frequently, and before eating or handling candy

Handing out candy

  • Don't hand out candy if feeling ill or isolating
  • Wear a non-medical mask that fully covers your nose and mouth
  • Ask trick-or-treaters to knock or call out instead of ringing the doorbell
  • Don’t invite trick-or-treaters indoors
  • Use tongs to hand out pre-packaged candy or consider one of the alternative ways listed below.
  • Find creative ways to maintain distance from trick-or-treaters:
    • Hand out treats from your driveway or front lawn if weather permits
    • Set up a table or desk to help keep yourself distanced
    • Space treats out on a table or blanket - don’t leave self-serve bowls of bulk candy
    • Build a candy slide, candy catapult or other fun, non-touch delivery methods

Halloween parties

  • Review current gathering restrictions before participating in Halloween-themed gatherings or parties.
  • Stay home if feeling ill, even if symptoms are mild. Limit close contact with people outside your household. The smaller the group the better.
  • Host your party outdoors, if weather permits. Maximum of 20 people (vaccinated or unvaccinated) with 2 metres between households.
  • Indoor gatherings are limited to 10 fully vaccinated people from 2 households you interact with regularly (yours and one other). Children too young to be vaccinated don’t count towards total.

Tips for all gatherings

  • Hold your party in a space where people can spread out and keep their distance from one another.
  • Choose games and activities that don't use shared items and allow people to stay 2 metres apart.
  • Don't share drinks, food, cigarettes, vapes or cannabis.
  • Provide hand sanitizer or a place for your guests to wash their hands with soap.

Are you open for boo-ness this Halloween?

Here are some posters you can print off and post to let trick-or-treaters know if you’re open for boo-ness!

For more information visit alberta.ca/halloween

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