The City of Calgary said Halloween and Thanksgiving are not 'cancelled', but citizens should take some safety precautions to ensure a safe, healthy and fun holiday for all. In support of Alberta Health's guidelines, The City shared some ideas to help people start planning now.
To hand out candy safely, consider using tongs to hand out candy, or try a new way by building a candy chute, spacing the treats out on your lawn, on a blanket or hanging them from a tree in your front yard. Make sure to wear a mask if kids are going to come right up to you. If you don't feel well, don't hand out candy.
"Kids should go out trick or treating with other kids in their bubble and refrain from ringing the bell" said Tom Sampson, Chief of Calgary Emergency Management. "Make sure they wash their hands when they get home. For extra protection have kids wear a real mask instead of a costume mask; or under their mask if it doesn't impact their ability to breathe."
As an extra precaution, Sampson said to save some extra candy and put it aside for a couple of days before the 31st. Then when kids get home, "quarantine" the candy they've collected for a couple of days and give them the candy previously put aside.
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said "If you want to have trick or treaters, leave your lights on so your neighbours know you are comfortable having kids come to your door for candy. Halloween is a great tradition, but some people will want to do things differently this year and that's ok too. We need to respect each other's choices and above all else, we need to be kind."
Don't want your kids going door to door? Get some trusted friends together for "trunk or treating" and have kids go car to car to get treats in an outdoor lot.
Want to skip the candy thing all together?
- Take your kids on a scavenger hunt;
- Have a block party outdoors;
- Do a Zoom dance party with friends;
- Attend one of several drive-in events across Calgary; or
- Consider other seasonal activities like picking pumpkins and carving them, doing an outdoor corn maze, and if it is warm enough a scary outdoor movie in the back yard.
However, you choose to celebrate, follow the guidance set out by Alberta Health, stay safe and have a "spooktacular" Halloween.