Best Practices for Halloween and Remembrance Day

Greeting Neyaashiinigmiing Community, Chief and Council are pleased to announce that many community COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted. Community Halloween and Remembrance Day events may proceed with the following guidance as recommended by the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health. For further information on the changes to Neyaashiinigmiing COVID-19 Restrictions please see Neyaashiinigmiing COVID-19 Next Steps.


  • Stay home if you have symptoms, even if they are mild Trick-or-treat outdoors as much as possible
  • Be creative and build the face covering into your costume. Remember that a costume mask is not a substitute for a face covering. A costume mask should not be worn over a non-medical mask or face covering because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe.
  • Do not crowd doorsteps – take turns one at a time
  • Do not sing or shout for your treats
  • Keep interactions brief with those giving out treats
  • Use hand sanitizer often, especially before and after handling your face covering, after touching frequently touched surfaces, when you arrive home from trick-or-treating, and before and after handling or eating treats
  • There is no need to clean or disinfect pre-packaged treats

If you choose to give out treats: 

  • Do not participate in Halloween festivities if you have symptoms, even if they are mild
  • Keep interactions with trick-or-treaters short and encourage them to move along after receiving their treat from you
  •  Consider wearing a face covering when physical distancing cannot be maintained
  •  Consider including the face covering as part of your costume if you are dressing up
  • Give out only purchased and packaged treats
  • Do not ask trick-or-treaters to sing or shout for their treats
  • Clean your hands often throughout the evening using soap and water or with hand sanitizer


  • Stay home if you have symptoms, even if they are mild
  • Wear a face covering indoors and wear one outdoors if physical distancing cannot be maintained or is required
  • Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently
  • Consider participating virtually or not attending the event if you are immunocompromised or at higher risk of severe disease and/or exposure to COVID-19
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