toronto halloween 2020

Toronto is recommending that kids don't go trick-or-treating this Halloween

Halloween may be different in Toronto this year as traditional door-to-door trick or treating is officially being discouraged by Ontario's chief medical officer of health.

"Given the high transmission of COVID-19 in the modified Stage 2 public health unit regions of Ottawa, Peel, Toronto and York Region... trick or treating is not recommended and people should consider alternative ways to celebrate," said Dr. David Williams in a statement on Monday.

Williams said alternative ways to celebrate can include encouraging kids to dress up and participate in virtual events, organizing a Halloween candy hunt within individual households, carving pumpkins, and other safe activities like movie nights and lawn decorating.

"It is also critical that families not travel outside of their neighbourhood to celebrate Halloween," said Williams.

Ontarians should also continue to avoid gatherings with people outside of their households and stay home if feeling ill, even with mild symptoms.

Although some have tried to come up with an alternative way to celebrate, it seems the holiday might still be a no-go in the city.

People who live outside of Ontario's COVID-19 hotspots and plan to go trick or treating should only go with household members, and guests and people giving out candy as well as kids should all wear masks. 

Lining up at doors and leaving bowls for kids to grab candy is also not recommended. Parents cannot let children wear costume masks as a substitute for face coverings

Lead photo by

LRay G


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in City

TTC is shutting down 8 subway stations in Toronto this weekend

Ontario police release wild video of teen driver going on reckless joyride

Toronto crews sent to help people still without power five days after Ontario storm

Brutal lines could plague downtown Toronto polling stations on June 2

Beloved Toronto antique market will close forever after this weekend

Woman tries to make nice with neighbour who reported her to Toronto inspectors

10 apartment rental websites in Toronto you need to use for your next search

Toronto just got a tiny new park that will connect to something huge