Celebrate Halloween Safely

Do not use bare hands to distribute candy on Halloween.
Social distance candy distributer from children by using tongs or even a candy slide like this creative gentleman did.

HAMILTON, ON – The City of Hamilton is encouraging residents to stay home and celebrate Halloween in different ways this year. Avoid attending parties/gatherings with others who live outside your household to limit the spread of COVID-19.

If you are handing out candy this year, follow Public Health measures to stay safe:

  • Wear a non-medical mask that fully covers your nose, mouth and chin.
  • Set up a trick or treating station outside, using a table to place treats on to maintain distancing.
  • Portion treats out ahead of time to prevent contact & use tongs to hand out.  Do not leave out self-serve bowls of bulk candy.
  • If you hand out treats indoors, place a sign on your door asking trick-or-treaters to knock instead of ringing the doorbell.
  • Wash or sanitize hands frequently.
  • Stay 2 metres away from trick-or-treaters.
  • Build a candy slide, candy catapult or other fun, non-touch delivery methods.

If you are trick-or-treating this year, follow Public Health measures to stay safe:

  • Minimize contact with others: trick-or-treat only with those who you live with and stay two metres apart from all others.
  • Only trick-or-treat outside.
  • Wash hands before eating candy.
  • Choose a costume that allows a non-medical mask to be worn underneath and that allows you to easily wash your hands.
  • Wash your hands before and after trick or treating and bring hand sanitizer with you.
  • Avoid touching doorbells or railings, knock instead of using doorbells, use hand sanitizer after touching surfaces.
  • Line up 2 metres apart if waiting for treats.
  • Outline a plan with older children who are trick-or-treating on their own, including how to avoid situations such as crowded door steps or joining with other groups and talking about the number of homes they can visit.
  • Remember the usual Halloween safety tips – dress for the weather, wear reflectors, watch for traffic, and check treats before eating

Thank you for doing your part this Halloween by celebrating safely. For more information, visit: www.hamilton.ca/coronavirus/celebrations-during-covid-19