How to Stay Safe and Spooky this Halloween

Trick-or-treating is a great way to meet your neighbours, and connect with other residents that live in Sunset Ridge. This year though, it’s a good idea to take some precautions. As pumpkins are getting carved and porches adorned with scary decorations, the neighborhood is full of spirit and anticipation approaching another pandemic holiday. By taking simple and easy precautions advised by Alberta Health Services, you can continue to celebrate a safe and healthy Halloween.


The best part about trick-or-treating is that it takes place outside, the forecast this Sunday calls for a colder evening ensure you are bundling up with mittens and warm cloths. Celebrating outdoors keeps transmission at low risk. Individuals must ensure that costumes covering the face can accommodate a nonmedical face mask underneath. While trick-or-treating, choose to travel in smaller groups including a cohort, members of the same household, or ensure maintenance of 2 meters social distance. Before trick-or-treating, ensure yourself and members of your household are not showing any symptoms; it is important to stay home if you are feeling ill. Remember to sanitize hands frequently, especially before handling or eating any candy and avoid high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs and doorbells. Warm up your voice and ensure that you can call our “trick-or-treat “from 2 meters away!

Handing Out Candy

If you are feeling ill or isolating, you must abstain from handing out candy. To prohibit any form of transmission, ensure you wear a face mask, advise trick-or-treaters to maintain distance from entering your household, and choose pre-packaged candy. Alberta Health Services promotes creativity when handing out candy this year, giving options to use tongs, set up on your front lawn, distanced candy arrangements and even candy catapults! Allow yourself to get creative while staying safe.

Halloween Parties

Before planning or attending a party, review the current gathering restrictions and monitor your symptoms. If you are feeling ill or on self-isolation, stay home. If possible, host or attend parties outdoors or at indoor locations where individuals can maintain safe distances from one another. Set up games that are minimal in contact with one another and ensure no sharing of food, drinks, vapes, etc.  Most importantly, BYOHS, if you are attending a party, ensure you bring your own hand sanitizer. If you are hosting a party, provide ample locations for hand washing and sanitizing.

Extra Resources

For more information and printable signs indicating “open for boo-ness” or “no candy this year” visit the AHS website.

Stay Safe, Stay Spooky. Happy Halloween from Lanark Landing! 🎃