To help ensure everyone has a safe and fun Halloween we have put together recommendations for those who decide to participate in the holiday this year. It's important to note that all Public Health Orders and safety guidelines are still in effect and must be followed.
To manage the number of kids out on the streets the following times will be strictly adhered to:
- Halloween times for Vegreville are 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on October 31.
- All trick-or-treaters should be off the streets and at home or parental care by 8:15 PM.
- Trick or treaters remaining/visiting at family or cohort homes after 8:15 PM is acceptable.
In partnership with the Vegreville & District Chamber of Commerce, we are hosting a MAIN STREET TRICK OR TREAT event downtown. Bring your trick or treaters out to enjoy an evening of Halloween fun.
The streets will be blocked off to traffic to allow families to participate safely. Please enter the event at the corner of 50 Street and 52 Avenue by Hair Wizard.
If you are a business that is not located in the downtown core & wish to participate OR is an individual who is uncomfortable having children come to your home but want to help celebrate the holiday, we invite you to contact the Chamber at 780-632-2771 to make a donation.
Bring a food donation & help us fill a hearse!
Those that wish to participate in handing out treats should:
- Consider clearly identifying their house as accepting trick or treaters. (This can be done with decorations or a well-lit house.) If you are not accepting trick or treaters, please turn off your lights. Consider posting one of these signs on your door:
- Wear a mask when handing out treats to children.
- Sanitize hands frequently throughout the evening.
- Consider the use of pre-bagged treats.
- Avoid letting children reach into buckets or bowls for candy.
- Avoid placing candy into their bags as this will not accommodate physical distancing.
- Count the number of children at your door and place the bagged treats for them to pick up.
Those children wishing to partake in the Halloween tradition should:
- Partake at your own risk.
- Go to houses that are decorated, well-lit and/or clearly indicate that they are welcoming trick-or-treaters.
- Sanitize hands between home visits or wear gloves.
- Practice physical distancing between other trick-or-treaters while waiting at homes.
- Only trick-or-treat with those in your household or cohort.
The health & safety of your children is very important to us. However, parents should:
- Travel with children to ensure physical distancing, sanitization, etc.
- Try to incorporate a mask into the costume.
- Inspect all candy before allowing your child to consume.
- Consider wiping down any candy that is not bagged.
- Discard any candy that is not prepackaged.
- Don't go trick-or-treating if feeling ill, even if symptoms are minor
- Choose costumes that allow a non-medical mask to be worn underneath - make sure you can see and breathe comfortably
- Minimize contact with others: trick-or-treat with your family or cohort, remain within your community, and stay 2 metres apart
- Avoid touching doorbells or railings: call "trick or treat" from 2 metres away, knock instead of using doorbells, use hand sanitizer after touching surfaces
- Wash hands and disinfect packages before eating candy
Handing out candy
- Don't hand out candy if feeling ill or isolating
- Wear a non-medical mask that fully covers your nose and mouth
- Ask trick-or-treaters to knock or call out instead of ringing the doorbell
- Use tongs to hand out pre-packaged candy to avoid handling treats
Find creative ways to maintain distance from trick-or-treaters:
- Hand out treats from your driveway or front lawn, if weather permits
- Set up a table or desk to help keep yourself distanced
- Make candy bags and space them out on a table or blanket; don't leave out self-serve bowls of bulk candy
- Build a candy slide, candy catapult or other fun, non-touch delivery methods
- Stay home if feeling ill, even if symptoms are mild
- Spend time with people you know - the smaller the group the better
- Choose games and activities that don't use shared items and allows people to stay 2 metres apart
- Don't share drinks, food, cigarettes, vapes or cannabis
- Host your party outdoors, if weather permits. If you must stay indoors:
- reduce your gathering size
- choose a location that allows for physical distancing between people from separate families and cohorts
- provide hand sanitizer
You can find more information on COVID-19 and Halloween in Alberta at alberta.ca/covid.