This is part a continuing series of recommendations put out by CoVaRR-Net. These recommendations are directed to local and provincial health officials, as well as the general public.


Canada is currently undergoing a fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, largely driven by the Delta variant, with the highest percentage of cases in Canada (20.4%) represented by those 19 years or younger, with those aged 20-29 representing the second highest percentage (19.3%) infected.

Halloween activities recommended by local public health authorities should vary depending on vaccine uptake and local COVID-19 prevalence.

In areas in which there are high rates of COVID-19 and/or low vaccination rates, alternative options should be considered. Gathering for Halloween parties is dependent on whether the individuals attending the party are fully vaccinated. Bars and night clubs should implement a proof of vaccination policy. Individuals should choose locations with the policy in place.

CoVaRR-Net Recommendations


  • If you are feeling unwell, please stay home.
  • Trick-or-Treat with only your family members or a few close friends with whom you already spend time.
  • Only offer store-bought, individually wrapped candy.
  • If weather permits, sit outside and place individual candy or candy bags on a table for children to take.

 Halloween Parties

  • Overall, gatherings should be kept small, especially if children under the age of 12 are present.
  • Get together in small groups with households you frequently socialize with and ensure everyone is fully vaccinated.
  • If weather permits, gather outside.
  • Be mindful of the prevalence of COVID-19 in your community. If deemed very high by public health authorities, avoid having indoor gatherings of any type.
  • Consider alternatives to Trick-or-Treating, such as reverse Trick-or-Treating, which includes having vaccinated friends and family drop off candy at your door or consider going to friends and families houses and asking them to leave candy bags outside for a non-contact activity.

Read CoVaRR-Net’s full Situation, Background, Assessment and Recommendation (SBAR) document on Halloween.

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