This will be a Halloween unlike any other.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed almost every aspect of daily life — including how we celebrate special occasions like Halloween.
Here in BC, health officials have laid out guidelines for how to safely celebrate and hand out treats.
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Remember that safety is paramount. Read the BC CDC’s full Halloween guidelines here. Do not go out or hand out candy if you are sick. Skip the parties, keep to small groups, wash your hands frequently, and try including a non-medical mask or face covering as part of your costume.
If you are choosing to hand out treats or head out for trick-or-treating this year, the BCCDC recommends the following:
- Use tongs and a baking sheet or make a “candy slide” to give more space when handing out candy
- 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 while 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, knobs, handrails, and any other high-touch surfaces 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
We want to see how you’re getting creative with your physically distanced ways of handing out treats this year.
Whether it’s a candy chute or a candy slide, send your photos to [email protected] to be featured in our Halloween photo roundup.
Have a safe and happy Halloween, no matter how you choose to celebrate.