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Halloween and Covid-19: how to celebrate safely

See the latest recommendations from NSW Health for 2020 Halloween celebrations.

It’s almost the spookiest time of year, and many Sydneysiders are keen to mark the occasion. This advice from NSW Health will help you have a fun celebration while staying Covid-safe.

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:

  • maintaining physical distance and avoiding crowds
  • washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap, or an alcohol-based hand-rub
  • coughing or sneezing into your elbow or tissue
  • staying home if unwell.

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 in public places as well as your own home.

Keep it local

Stay in your own neighbourhood this year, rather than visiting streets well known for their decorations. Avoiding crowds is one of the most important things you can do to avoid community transmission.

Keep your distance

If you head out trick-or-treating, maintain physical distance between yourself and other trick-or-treaters. You should always keep 1.5m between yourself and people you don’t live with.

On that note, it’s also safer to trick or treat with people from the same household rather than mixed groups. Make it a family affair this year.

Hygiene and treats

Steer clear of the communal lolly bowl. Consider creative and contact-free ways to share treats. 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.

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

This information was accurate as of 12 October 2020. It may change at short notice. Always check for up-to-date health advice.