Have fun while staying safe this Halloween

The City of Calgary is reminding citizens to take precautions this Halloween to ensure a safe, healthy and fun holiday for all.

We are still in the midst of the pandemic, so ghouls, ghosts and goblins should take extra care when trick or treating:

  • Don’t go trick or treating if you are feeling ill – even if symptoms are minor
  • Choose costumes that allow for a non-medical mask to be worn underneath
  • Stay 2 metres or six feet apart from friends and family outside your household
  • Avoid touching doorbells or railings
  • Wash or sanitize hands frequently – especially before eating or handling candy

Those who would like to have trick or treaters are advised to leave their lights on so neighbours know they are comfortable having kids come to the door for candy. Wear a mask that fully covers your nose and mouth and consider stationing yourself outside, using tongs to pass out individually packaged treats.

There are lots of other creative ways to safely maintain distance from the vampires and werewolves that come knocking this year. Make hand sanitizer available for others to use and consider handing out treats from your driveway or front lawn, if weather permits. Setup a table or desk and space treats out to help keep yourself distanced. Or, build a candy slide or candy catapult!

Don’t want your kids going door-to-door? Get together with trusted friends for some “trunk or treating” and have kids go car to car to collect treats in an outdoor parking lot. If you want to skip the candy thing all together, consider other seasonal activities you can safely do with your friends and family – like picking and carving pumpkins or having a scary movie night at home.

Whatever way you choose to celebrate, please follow the guidance set out by Alberta Health. Stay safe and have a “spooktacular” Halloween!