Celebrating Halloween during COVID-19

It's that time of the year already, Halloween. A time for both kids and adults to have fun dressing up and indulging in their favourite sweets. COVID-19 will have a big impact on the celebrations however, Halloween is in no way cancelled. We all have the opportunity to get creative and capture the spirit of Halloween in new ways. It is important for everyone to take some time out from the seriousness of what is currently happening in the world to connect with loved ones and have some fun!

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Restrictions across Australia are still varying from state to state, it is important that everyone checks on what is currently permitted in their area. For Tasmania, ACT, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory restrictions within these states have loosened. Trick-or-treating will be fully allowed as long as social distancing measures and good hygiene are still practiced. In New South Wales and Queensland, restrictions have also continued to ease. Trick-or-treating will be allowed however, the NSW police have warned against visiting popular “treat streets” as homeowners could risk being fined if more than 20 people gather on their property. In Queensland the advice is similar however gatherings of up to 30 are permitted. Victoria is still under stage 3 of 4 lockdown restrictions, meaning trick-a-treating and parties are in no way permitted. For Victorians, creative at home celebrations are the way to go. You can find about more about your states specific restrictions here. 

Here’s some our favourite at home celebration ideas:

  • Have a scaring movie night
  • Have a Halloween themed food party
  • Dress up and have your own mini costume party
  • Create a treat hunt in your home or backyard
  • Deliver pre-packaged sweet bags to family, friends and neighbours
  • Make Jack-O-Lanterns out of pumpkins

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There is even an official worldwide Halloween website this year. The site brought to you by the Halloween & Costume Association provides a helpful world map which has been divided into zones. Depending on what zone your area falls under (green, yellow, orange or red), they give you a fun list of recommended activities appropriate for your area's restriction levels. The site is definitely worth a look as they have come up with some super fun and creative ideas. You can find the website here.

This Halloween we encourage everyone, no matter where you live to let loose a little and have some fun. Yarn wishes everyone a happy and safe Halloween.