Individually wrapped bags of candy, laid out for non-contact collection, could make for a quintessential 2020 Halloween.
Health authorities are discouraging the use of communal bowls for lollies, warning the coronavirus can spread on surfaces, including food or packing.
The main message to trick-or-treaters is it's safest to stay at home, and you should isolate if you have any symptoms of COVID-19.
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"Coronavirus is still with us and celebrating at home is the safest way to mark Halloween this year," the DHHS' guidelines read.
"If you do trick or treat, you need to stay safe. It is safer not to hand out lollies or candy to trick-or-treaters this Halloween."
DHHS is also warning Halloween is not an opportunity to flout face mask guidelines in the name of a scary costume.
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DHHS also offered some suggestions for celebrating a COVID-safe Halloween:
- Have a Halloween party outside in a public place. You can catch up with a group of up to ten people (including yourself). Babies under 12 months age aren't included in the ten-person limit. An outdoor public place means an area accessible to everyone, including local parks and beaches.
- Do a Halloween scavenger hunt by giving children a list of Halloween-themed things to look for as they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance. Just like eye-spy! The limit of ten people (including yourself) applies to scavenger hunts.
- Carve or decorate pumpkins with members of your household.
- Decorate your house.
- Have a virtual costume party or party with friends and family on video chat.
- Have a Halloween movie night with your household.
- Create an around the house trick or treat or scavenger hunt for your household
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