COVID-safe Halloween guidelines

​NSW Health supports individuals participating in COVID-safe Halloween celebrations, providing levels of community transmission remain low and participants follow current rules when gathering together.  Help us stop the spread this Halloween and always remember to:

  • Keep 1.5 metres apart
  • Practise good hand hygiene
  • Stay home and get tested immediately if unwell
  • Wear a face mask if unable to physically distance

COVID-safe Halloween guidelines for if you plan to hand out treats

NSW Health recommends:

  • If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 over Halloween, stay home, don’t receive Halloween visitors and get tested immediately
  • If you are self-isolating, don’t answer the door to trick-or-treaters
  • Make it a front-yard event, not at the front-door of your house. Keep your celebrations outdoors and get creative in decorating the front yard
  • Only hand out individually wrapped treats
  • Don’t use communal lolly bowls. Consider other ways of distributing treats such as hanging them individually on your fence, front gate or up your driveway
  • Offer hand sanitiser at your front gate or fence

You may wish to avoid people knocking on your door by putting up a sign that says “We are home but due to COVID-19, we are distancing. Please take one, Happy Halloween”

Remember, you can only have 20 people on your property at one time.

COVID-safe tips if you plan to trick-or-treat

NSW Health recommends:

  • Keep it local by staying in your suburb rather than going to well-known “treat streets” that attract crowds
  • Celebrate outside, don’t go to people’s front door
  • Stay in small household groups (for example a supervising adult and children from the same household) rather than groups of young people together. Remember, no more than 20 people can gather outside in a public place
  • Stay 1.5 meters away from people you don’t live with
  • Only take treats that are individually wrapped
  • Use a disposable bag to collect your treats, and dispose of it appropriately afterwards
  • Don’t share your treats with others from different households
  • Don’t share costumes or costume face masks
  • Carry hand sanitiser with you and use it often, especially after touching common surfaces


Covid-safe Halloween ideas and more spooky fun: