With Halloween 26 days away, many are wondering if Halloween is cancelled this year. The simple answer is no, but, like everything this year, we are going to have to adapt to our new reality.

“Halloween is something that brings people close together. It is important to think through how to participate in Halloween and still follow good public health measures,” said Dr. Kit Young Hoon, Medical Officer of Health at the Northwestern Health Unit.

You are encouraged to bring plenty of hand sanitizer, go out with your home bubble and stay home and not hand out candy when you are feeling unwell.

Masks will also play a key role as trick or treaters travel house to house in search of full size candy bars.

“Consider wearing a face mask which you can probably incorporate into your Halloween costume,” said Dr. Young Hoon noting it would be critically important when physical distancing is not possible.

Dr. Young Hoon also encouraged us to use our creatively and innovation when handing out or receiving candy in an effort to stay physically distant from those outside our bubble.

“Just think about the public health measures and apply them to this setting.”