Halloween isn’t cancelled in northwestern Ontario, but health leaders are still asking residents to stay as safe as possible on October 31.

“In our area, trick or treating is permitted,” confirmed Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Northwestern Health Unit, Dr. Kit Young-Hoon.

“Residents are asked to use precautions both to hand out and receive candy. While collecting or handing out treats, wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer.”

Safety tips from Ontario and the NWHU include:

- Avoid gatherings with people outside of your household,
- Stay home if you’re feeling ill, even if you have mild symptoms,
- Only go out with members of your household,
- Only trick or treat outside,
- Do not linger at doorsteps, and always line-up two metres apart,
- Avoid high-touch surfaces and objects,
- Wash your hands often and thoroughly and use hand sanitizer,
- Do not leave treats in a bowl for children to grab, consider using tongs to hand them out individually,
- Trick or treaters and those handing out candy should wear a face covering. A costume mask is not a substitute, and should not be worn over a face covering.

Ontario suggests if residents don’t feel comfortable going out trick or treating, you can celebrate at home by hosting virtual parties, a Halloween scavenger hunt for candy, pumpkin carving, having a scary movie night and decorating your front lawn.

Young-Hoon adds there are online posters you can download and print off, to advise trick or treaters whether or not you will not be handing out candy this year. They can be found HERE.

For more information:
Trick or treating tips to prevent spread of COVID-19
Is Halloween cancelled?