2020 has been tough, to say the least, but before you whip out the Christmas tree and write the year off completely, there is a Spooktacular celebration to be had!
As a general rule across the nation, remember to stay 1.5 metres away from other people, take your hand sanitiser with you wherever you go and stay home if you have any symptoms. When it comes to treats, only offer sweets that are individually wrapped and have a bottle of hand sanitiser on your fence or on a table to keep your neighbours safe.
The restrictions for Halloween celebrations can be tricky to navigate as they differ between the states, but we are here to help you out. Here are the rules for Halloween parties and Trick or Treating for each state:
New South Wales
With restrictions easing in New South Wales, the health department support the community partaking in Halloween celebrations as long as they observe social distancing rules.
If you are thinking of having a party or making your house the spookiest on the street bear in mind that a maximum of 20 people are allowed to gather at your house at a time.
If you are self-isolating do not open your door, consider putting up a sign to let trick or treaters know that you are doing so. If you are well, not self-isolating and ready for a sugar hit by all means hit your local streets for some trick or treating fun but stay in small household groups, use a disposable bag instead of a treat bucket so that you can throw it in the bin when you are done, don’t share costumes and masks and most importantly, don’t forget your hand sanitiser.
If you are planning on having a party in South Australia, you are allowed to have 50 people in your home. You are also able to go trick or treating as long as you maintain social distancing rules, so dust off your Dracula cape because it’s time to scare some neighbourhood kids!
Things in Victoria are starting to get better with restrictions easing a little, however, unfortunately, Halloween parties and trick or treating are not on the cards for Victorians this year.
Though you may not be able to celebrate the spookiest day of the year in the way that you would like to, there are still ways to make it fun with your loved ones. Groups of ten people from up to two households are allowed to gather in outdoor public spaces so why not get dressed up, get your bake on and have a Halloween picnic. Check out these sensationally spooky Halloween cakes for inspiration, 15+ Halloween Cakes That Are So Delicious, It’s Scary!
If you do not feel like heading out, have fun at home with the kids and have a go at making some DIY Halloween decorations.
With minimal cases in Queensland, restrictions have been eased and Queenslanders are able to roam freely around the state.
Although certain activities and festivals like the iconic Bulimba Halloween Festival have been cancelled this year, there is still lots of fun to be had with Queenslanders decorating their houses and getting ready to trick or treat.
If you are going trick or treating, remember that even though things are starting to feel a little bit more normal in the Sunshine State, it is still crucial to maintain social distancing and continue to sanitise your hands regularly.
Hosting a Spooktacular Halloween party? Don’t forget that the maximum amount of people allowed on your property is 40 people.
Trick or treating is allowed in Tasmania this Halloween so stack up on your individually wrapped candy and your hand sanitiser!
With up to 500 people allowed to gather outdoors, there are still a number of events taking place across the state. If you would like to host your own party, a maximum of 20 visitors are allowed at your house at a time.
Halloween is pretty much business as usual in the NT this year. There are no restrictions on the amount of people allowed at your home or at outdoor events so there is no excuse to keep your witch broom in the cupboard!
Even though restrictions are minimal it is still important to socially distance and sanitise your hands regularly when trick or treating.
Australian Capital Territory
Good news for those in the ACT hoping to host a Halloween party, there a no limits on the amount of people allowed in your home! So get your punch bowls ready and stock up on everything you will need to make some Slime of Doom Halloween Punch that will knock your devil horns off.
Keep your guests safe by setting up sanitizer stations around your house, offering individually wrapped snacks and encouraging guests who are unwell to stay home.
Outdoor gatherings are capped at 100 people and you are absolutely allowed to trick or treat as long as you take sanitiser with you and observe social distancing rules.
It is going to be a happy Halloween for Western Australians this year – relaxed restrictions mean that people will be allowed to trick or treat and have as many people as they like in their home for gatherings.
It is important to observe social distancing advice and regularly sanitise your hands while trick or treating and attending house parties.