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Stay Covid-safe this Halloween

See the latest recommendations from NSW Health for 2021 Halloween celebrations

It’s almost the spookiest time of year, and many Sydneysiders are keen to mark the occasion on Sunday 31 October.

This advice from NSW Health will help you have a fun celebration while staying Covid-safe this Halloween.

First things first, if you feel unwell – even with mild symptoms – stay home and get tested.

The best things you can do to protect yourself and others from Covid-19 are:

  • maintain physical distance and avoid crowds
  • wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap, or an alcohol-based hand-rub
  • cough or sneeze into your elbow or tissue
  • stay home if unwell
  • get vaccinated

Celebrate outdoors

If you’re staying home and plan on hosting trick-or-treaters, NSW Health says a front yard event is safer than a front door event. In other words, stay outside if you can. Have hand sanitiser available for visitors.

If you’re planning a party, remember the 20-person limit for gatherings applies to fully vaccinated individuals only. If you are over the age of 16 and are not fully vaccinated you cannot visit another person’s place of residence.

Keep it local

Put effort into decorating the front yard and staying in your neighbourhood rather than travelling to well-known ‘treat streets’ frequented by many people.

Hygiene and treats

Steer clear of the communal lolly bowl. Provide closed packaging for treats and consider creative and contact-free ways to share.

Have hand sanitiser nearby if you're serving food.

Be mindful of costumes

A costume with a face mask might be a smart way to keep safe if you can’t guarantee physical distancing – just make sure you’re wearing your mask correctly, and that it meets NSW Health recommendations. And remember, a mask is no substitute for good hand hygiene and physical distancing.

Don’t share masks or face coverings from Halloween costumes.

More advice

Get more advice from NSW Health about how to stay safe this Halloween.

See for the latest advice for what you can and can’t do under the current Covid-19 rules.

This information was accurate as of 22 October 2021. It may change at short notice. Always check for up-to-date health advice.