“Trick-or-treating is a low-risk activity… all other activities that might happen indoors, I’d recommend those not happen, keep your celebrations with just your household and cohorts, no more; let’s keep it small and keep it safe.”
Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Deena Hinshaw says trick-or-treating with safety in mind can still happen, because the yearly event happens outside, it can actually be safer than other holidays.
Hinshaw suggests a few simple ways to make it as safe as possible while still enjoying the spookiness of the evening. She suggests children wear a non-medical mask, either under their Halloween mask or as part of their costume. Hinshaw adds social distancing from others, and yelling out “trick-or-treat” from the sidewalk rather than ringing the doorbell or knocking on a door could also make things a little safer.
However, for those looking to take the Halloween spirit inside, the province’s top doctor says Halloween is for bringing home treats, not viruses.
“This is not the year to have a large costume party with many people gathered indoors eating and drinking together. That would be a very opportune place for COVID-19 to spread.”
The province has released a series of guidelines on its website about how both trick-or-treaters and candy handers can enjoy the night safely.