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We got the official word…trick or treating can happen this year in BC! The key is to be socially distant, stick to small groups, and stay local. 

The following Halloween celebration recommendations and tips are taken from the BC CDC

  1. Skip the parties this year. Indoor gatherings, of any size, are riskier and increase the chances of COVID-19 exposure. Instead, think about watching a scary movie or creating a new family tradition.
  2. Trick or treat in small groups. Stay apart from your friends and don’t share your candy. 
  3. Try wearing a mask or face covering as part of your costume. Costume masks over non-medical masks may make it hard to breathe, so don’t do that. 
  4. Get creative in making space and how you hand out treats. Be more outside than inside when giving out treats and wear a mask. Don’t use a shared bowl – consider using tongs or zombie arms and check out some of the fun videos online for making a candy slide! Perhaps avoid smoke machines in your “haunted” front yard. 
  5. You don’t have to participate. If you feel worried about children coming to your door, or if you’ve simply never been a fan of Halloween, turn off your porch light.

Don’t forget to wash your hands, and be careful with hand sanitizer and open flames as it’s very flammable. And finally, if you are sick, please stay home.

There’s more to know! Read more about Halloween on the BC CDC website

Share your creative ideas for trick or treating this year in the comments. Stay safe! 

Where do we fit in?

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