Celebrations during COVID-19

Holidays and celebrations are going to look and feel different during the pandemic. All individuals should assess their own level of risk, and the health of every person in their household, when deciding how to celebrate.

Please note: Advice regarding celebrations is subject to change, as the pandemic changes within our community. Please check back for updates.

Halloween

We are encouraging residents to stay home & celebrate Hallowe’en in different ways this year. Avoid attending parties/gatherings with others who live outside your household to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Celebrating at home
Try these ideas for celebrating Hallowe’en at home:

  • Put Hallowe’en craft projects on your porch and in your front windows for your neighbours to enjoy.
  • Drop treats on your neighbour's doorsteps with a spooky note.
  • Break open a piñata filled with your favourite Halloween treats.
  • Have a treat hunt – hide treats around your house & search for them in the dark with a flashlight.
  • Decorate your home – inside and out. Have a contest with your neighbours for best decorated house.
  • Make some spooky Hallowe’en treats with people you live with.
  • Host a virtual party with friends & family. Have kids show off their costumes & have a monster mash dance-a-thon.

Halloween at home

Trick or treating

If you are trick-or-treating this year, follow public health measures to stay safe. Do not hand out candy or go trick-or-treating if you are feeling unwell or are self-isolating.

Handing out Hallowe’en treats

  • Wear a non-medical mask that fully covers your nose, mouth and chin.
  • Set up a trick or treating station outside, using a table to place treats on to maintain distancing.
  • Portion treats out ahead of time to prevent contact & use tongs to hand out.  Do not leave out self-serve bowls of bulk candy.
  • If you hand out treats indoors, place a sign on your door asking trick-or-treaters to knock instead of ringing the doorbell.
  • Wash or sanitize hands frequently.
  • Stay 2 metres away from trick-or-treaters.
  • Build a candy slide, candy catapult or other fun, non-touch delivery methods.

Trick or treating during COVID

Trick-or-treating

  • Minimize contact with others: trick-or-treat only with those who you live with and stay two metres apart from all others.
  • Only trick-or-treat outside.
  • Wash hands before eating candy.
  • Choose a costume that allows a non-medical mask to be worn underneath and that allows you to easily wash your hands.
  • Wash your hands before and after trick or treating and bring hand sanitizer with you.
  • Avoid touching doorbells or railings, knock instead of using doorbells, use hand sanitizer after touching surfaces.
  • Line up 2 metres apart if waiting for treats.
  • Outline a plan with older children who are trick-or-treating on their own, including how to avoid situations such as crowded door steps or joining with other groups and talking about the number of homes they can visit.
  • Remember the usual Hallowe’en safety tips – dress for the weather, wear reflectors, watch for traffic, and check treats before eating

Celebrations

Here are some tips for celebrating holidays during the pandemic:

  • Private gatherings have limits of 10 people indoors or 25 outdoors. These limits cannot be combined. it is not permitted to host 35 people, with 25 people outdoors and 10 people indoors.  
  • It is recommended you limit private gatherings to people you live with. If you live alone, you may consider gathering with another small household that you trust.
  • Do not get together with others if you are feeling unwell.
  • Gatherings or events are safer outdoors than indoors. Physical distancing must still be maintained outdoors.
  • Wear a face covering/mask if you need to go indoors or can’t keep physical distance.
  • Keep the length of the gathering short.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Always wash hands before and after eating, as well as before and during food preparation.
  • Avoid common food utensils. Bring your own food and utensils.
  • Avoid potlucks or buffets.
  • Serve food on individual plates to prevent guests from passing or touching the same objects.
  • Avoid non-essential travel.  Stay and celebrate where you are with the people you have been spending your time with.

Alternative ways to celebrate

  • Add a virtual event for out-of-town family and anyone feeling unwell.
  • Instead of a large family dinner, enjoy an outdoor hike with your loved ones. Remember to physically distance if you are not part of the same household and wear a mask if you can’t keep 2 metres (6 feet) apart.

Related Resources

Ministry of Health Halloween Guidance (PDF, 46 KB)
Ministry of Health Halloween Guidance - French (PDF, 43 KB)