Those participating in handing out candy should leave their porch lights on to signal trick-or-treaters. Trick-or-treaters should not go to homes without a light on.
In light of COVID Public Health has advised us that it is supportive of trick-or-treating with good community education around safe practices. For example, trick-or-treaters should strive to avoid public interaction with high risk groups both in the home and Long Term Care locations. Only have family groups trick or treat together and keep a safe distance from others. Other recommendations for safe trick-or-treating are:
- Wear a mask (not just the costume kind)
- Limit the group size
- Limit the houses you visit
- Social distance when handing out/receiving candy. Folks are getting creative in ways to social distance in order to trick-or-treat. Some are using long pipes to slide candy into buckets. There are ways to make it fun for all involved and still be safe if people use their imaginations.
- Take precautions while handling candy. Use sanitizer and wash hands.
- Hand out candy outside so trick-or-treaters do not have to touch hard surfaces such as doors and doorbells.
- Trick-or-treaters should use hand sanitizer in between homes
- Stay home if you might be sick