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Halloween Safety Tips

Government is reminding Nova Scotians of current public health guidelines and providing specific advice around Halloween as the holiday approaches.

Tips for Halloween celebrations:

  • adhere to the gathering limits and celebrate with family and friends from your consistent group of 10.
  • if attending a community event, 50 people with physical distancing is the maximum both indoors and outdoors.  
  • if attending an event held by a recognized business, 50 per cent of the venue's capacity up to 200 people maximum is permitted indoors, or 250 outdoors. 
  • requirements for wearing masks in indoor public places need to be followed
  • don't replace your non-medical mask with a Halloween costume mask.
  • practice good hand washing, cough/sneeze etiquette and regular cleaning of common surfaces
  • only serve food and drinks if physical distancing and good hand hygiene practices are being followed.

If you are planning on trick-or-treating, here are some important things to consider:

  • do not go trick-or-treating if you are feeling unwell or are self-isolating
  • only trick-or-treat with people you live with, or friends from your close social group, and no more than 10 people
  • if you see other kids getting treats from a house or pass another group on the street, stay six feet away and wait until they leave before proceeding
  • if a house does not have any lights on, Halloween decorations or has a sign saying they are not participating, skip the house and go on to the next house
  • try to trick-or-treat in outdoor spaces.
  • try not to ring doorbells; instead gently knock on the door
  • do not take treats in situations where everyone has to reach into a single container
  • bring hand sanitizer with you and clean your hands often, especially if you are putting on and taking off a mask or face covering and touching high-touch surfaces
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • wash your hands before and after handling and eating your treats. There is no need to clean, disinfect or quarantine treats

Advice for households giving out treats:

  • do not participate in any Halloween activities, including handing out store bought pre-packaged treats if you are feeling unwell or self-isolating
  • if you are not participating in trick-or-treating this year, turn off your lights, take down decorations and put up a sign saying you are not participating
  • if possible, sit on your porch, driveway, front yard or at your front door welcoming trick-or-treaters
  • if you are unable to sit outside then regularly clean and disinfect doorbells, handrails, door handles
  • wash your hands often throughout the evening with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • try to have only one person from your household give out treats
  • do not have many hands reaching into the same container. Use tongs or other utensils to hand out treats or place individual amounts on a table
  • wear a non-medical mask when physical distancing cannot be maintained
  • do not ask trick-or-treaters to sing or shout for their treats

Additional Resources:
Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .