It’s the night that youth have been waiting for, even though Halloween will look differently this year.

While many residents are concerned about staying COVID-19 safe while trick-or-treating tonight, Maria Bagdonas with Safe Communities Kenora says residents need to remember to practice typical Halloween safety tips as well.

“We know that the messaging is that Halloween is not cancelled, and we know that trick-or-treating will take place in our area. There’s lots of warnings about COVID-19 precautions, but we don’t want to forget about the every Halloween safety tips.”

“Cross the street at the end of the block. Make sure you look both ways. Don’t cross in the middle of the block where it’s dark, cross where there’s light. Make yourself as visible as possible. Use a flashlight so you can see any tripping hazards.”

“For drivers, we have to remain conditioned to the fact that trick-or-treating will happen. Slow down, watch for little ones who might not be paying attention to you. Be prepared.”

Halloween COVID-19 safety tips from Ontario and the Northwestern Health Unit 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.

There are also 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.

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.

The annual Safe Communities Kenora Halloween barbecue could not be held this year due to ongoing public health restrictions.

For more information:
Health unit explains how to stay safe on Halloween
Trick or treating tips to prevent spread of COVID-19