Have a safe, healthy and Happy Halloween in Cambridge

Posted on Tuesday October 27, 2020

The City of Cambridge is reminding the community to keep safety top of mind and to consider alternative celebrations for Halloween this year. With Waterloo Region in its second wave of COVID-19, Public Health is recommending low-risk activities for Halloween.   

“I know this will be a tough one,” says Mayor Kathryn McGarry. “Especially as kids have gotten a taste of normalcy returning to school. But the Region is in a precarious position and it’s vital that we do everything we can do keep our case numbers down. So, we’re asking parents to please look for new and creative ways to celebrate. If families do decide to participate in trick-or-treating this year, it’s important to be extra vigilant.”

The City’s #RecFromHome team has put together some guides for planning an online Halloween party as well as several family craft ideas. Check out these ideas and more at www.cambridge.ca/recfromhome.

Other ideas for celebrating Halloween safely include pumpkin decorating, virtual costume parties, Halloween movie night, or a family trick-or-treating scavenger hunt in the backyard. Whatever new tradition you’re planning, the City urges you to follow the guidelines from Region of Waterloo Public Health.

  • Limit close contact to people living in your own household
  • Virtual gatherings are the safest way to visit with those outside your household
  • If you do attend an in-person gathering, be sure to physically distance and wear a face covering. Outdoor space is safer than indoor.
  • Regardless of current legal gathering limits, the fewer the people, the lower the risk.

For those who choose to go trick-or-treating, please adhere to the following:

  • Only go out with members of your immediate household
  • Physically distance and wear a proper face covering (not a costume mask)
  • Both trick-or-treaters and people handing out candy should wear a face covering
  • Do not leave treats in a bowl for children to grab
  • Use tongs, or similar, to hand out treats
  • Do not gather on doorsteps; line up two metres apart if waiting

Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, Associate Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Waterloo, has said that stricter measures may be needed if case numbers climb over the next few weeks. Please continue to monitor the City and Region’s websites for the most up-to-date information.