How to safely celebrate Halloween in Toronto during COVID-19

Oct 28 2020, 7:50 pm

The City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario have both released their guidelines to enjoy a safe and fun Halloween this weekend, in accordance with COVID-19 recommendations.

The province has outlined a short list of precautions that people living in Toronto or other high-risk areas that are in a modified stage-2 should all be taking:

  • avoid gatherings with people outside of your household
  • stay home if you are feeling ill, even if you have mild symptoms, or if you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19
  • turn off your porch light and don’t hand out treats if you are sick, even with mild symptoms, or self-isolating
  • stay within your public health unit region

The province has also released a list of safe and fun things that you should consider doing with your family to celebrate the holiday instead of going trick-or-treating, as the outdoor activity has been highly discouraged by public health officials at both the municipal and provincial levels.

Things you can do instead of trick-or-treating:

  • encouraging kids to dress up and participate in activities and parties virtually
  • organizing a candy hunt with people living in your household
  • carving pumpkins
  • having a movie night or sharing scary stories
  • decorating front lawns

The City is also asking Torontonians to celebrate virtually this year, or to take part in festive activities with people in their household.

Some suggestions from the City are activities like; decorating your house, watching scary movies, baking Halloween treats, having a scavenger hunt, and dressing up at home.

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