Halloween and COVID-19: How to have a spooktacular time while staying COVID Safe

Westmead Hospital ED nurses Bilal Rifai and Jim Javier

In previous years, Halloween is a night where streets are filled with crowds jumping aboard the trick or treat train. But what will it look like this year given the COVID-19 pandemic?

As community transmissions of COVID-19 remain low across the state, NSW Health is supporting individuals participating in COVID-safe Halloween celebrations, however, are encouraging that all participants engage in COVID-safe practices.   

Below are some fang-tastic COVID-safe tips for those planning to hand out treat or trick-or-treat.

COVID-safe tips if you plan to hand out treats

  • If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 over Halloween, stay home, don’t receive Halloween visitors and get tested immediately
  • If you are self-isolating, don’t answer the door to trick-or-treaters
  • Make it a front-yard event, not at the front-door of your house. Keep your celebrations outdoors and get creative in decorating the front yard
  • Only hand out individually wrapped treats
  • Don’t use communal lolly bowls. Consider other ways of distributing treats such as hanging them individually on your fence, front gate or up your driveway
  • Offer hand sanitiser at your front gate or fence
  • You may wish to avoid people knocking on your door by putting up a sign that says “We are home but due to COVID-19, we are distancing. Please take one, Happy Halloween”
  • Remember, you can only have 20 people on your property at one time.

COVID-safe tips if you plan to trick-or-treat

  • If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 this Halloween, stay home and give trick-or-treating a miss this year. Get tested immediately
  • Keep it local by staying in your suburb rather than going to well-known “treat streets” that attract crowds
  • Celebrate outside, don’t go to people’s front door
  • Stay in small household groups (for example a supervising adult and children from the same household) rather than groups of young people together. Remember, no more than 30 people can gather outside in a public place
  • Stay 1.5 meters away from people you don’t live with
  • Only take treats that are individually wrapped
  • Use a disposable bag to collect your treats, and dispose of it appropriately afterwards
  • Don’t share your treats with others from different households
  • Don’t share costumes or costume face masks
  • Carry hand sanitiser with you and use it often, especially after touching common surfaces.

Help us stop the spread this Halloween.

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