QUÉBEC – The Quebec government announced on October 15 that Halloween can proceed, even in the red zones, but with measures in place, and only children can participate. No adult parties are permitted. Children can trick-or treat, but only with members of their own household. A 2 meter distance must be maintained between trick-or-treaters and those handing out candy.
Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, also believes Halloween can proceed, providing physical distancing is maintained, masks are worn when needed, and children sterilize their hands frequently. She stressed directives would be up to local health officials depending on their circumstances.
Tam noted that residents should prepackage candy in bags so children are not rummaging through the same bowl and encouraged homeowners to come up with creative ideas for handing them out, such as using a hockey stick. Other
recommendations, such as equipping children with small bottles of hand sanitizer, will be posted on the Health Ministry’s website.
Municipalities can however decide to disallow trick-or-treating and many Quebec municipalities, like Rouyn-Noranda, have already done so.
Campbell’s Bay issued a public notice, October 7, advising the population that the municipality does not intend to cancel Halloween, but will be offering a COVID-friendly alternative for those who are not comfortable trick-or-treating or distributing treats.
The municipality will offer a free drive-in movie night on October 31 where treats will be handed out, including contributions from local residents. “Anyone wanting to donate unopened boxes or bags of Halloween treats can do so by dropping them off at the RA Hall on October 24,” says the notice.
None of the other MRC Pontiac’s municipalities or the Municipality of Pontiac have said they are considering ‘banning’ trick-or-treating, although some, like L’Isle-aux-Allumettes, have cancelled their annual Halloween parties.