Halloween and COVID-safe Trick or Treating: What the rules say
**This information is based on current guidelines and could be subject to change before 31 October 2021.**
New South Wales public health order for current COVID-19 Restrictions:
From Monday 11 October 2021, eased restrictions will allow those who are fully vaccinated to have:
- 10-visitor limit in your home.
- access Gyms, indoor recreation and sporting facilities.
- group bookings of up to 20 people in hospitality settings.
All premises will operate at 1 person per 4sqm indoors and 1 person per 2sqm outdoors.
People under the age of 16 who are not fully vaccinated are allowed unaccompanied in their workplaces and all outdoor settings, but must be with a fully vaccinated member of their household in hospitality venues (unless collecting takeaways), entertainment facilities, major recreation facilities and places of worship, unless they work at the venue.
Remember: Anyone who is feeling unwell is advised to stay home and avoid answering the door to Trick or Treaters or socialising.
Halloween and COVID-safe Trick or Treating: Some community tips
Safety tips: If you’re handing out lollies
- Clearly post a sign on your door or window that you still welcome Trick or Treating.
- Wear gloves and mask while handing out any lollies, and follow safe mask and food handling advice (e.g. wash your hand regularly, don’t touch your face).
- Only buy bags of individually wrapped lollies and do not open the bag before Halloween.
- Don’t allow kids to grab lollies, instead put them in the bag for them with gloves or clean tongs.
- Alternatively, leave a bowl out with packets of lollies. Wipe down the bowl and add ten more pieces every hour or as needed. This is a great no contact solution and also stops kids from taking the whole bowl! You might want to have a sign stating “We are home but due to COVID-19, we are distancing. Please take one, Happy Halloween.”
Safety tips: If you’re planning to Trick Or Treat
- Wear a face covering and gloves and make sure you avoid touching your face. Costume gloves and masks may suffice, but ensure you wash them after use if you wish to keep them.
- Carry hand sanitiser with you and use it consistently and liberally, especially after ringing doorbells and knocking on doors.
- Go with one or two other people instead of a large group.
- Use a disposable bag for Trick or Treating that can be thrown out after the night.
- Only accept lollies or chocolates that are wrapped, and wipe down your loot with a wet cloth and safe soap. You could also put the candy aside and not touch it for 72 hours.
- If someone has left a sign instructing you to take one chocolate, please follow the directions and take just one! Don’t spoil it for everyone else.
More Halloween fun and other outdoor ideas:
- Gallery: Halloween on the North Shore 2019
- Spooky Halloween treats to make at home
- Six easy Halloween costumes to DIY!
- Covid-safe end of year school celebrations & graduations!
- 10 fun ways to celebrate birthdays while quarantined for Coronavirus!