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2020 - Halloween Stock - Happy Halloween from UWCNVI!

Your local United Way works hard to keep individuals, families and communities connected. Throughout the pandemic we have supported over 160 programs as they shift their processes so they can keep helping those in need, including people experiencing social isolation and a lack of connectedness. Typically, seasonal events like Halloween allow us to connect with our loved ones and help build our communities, but this year because of COVID-19 it’s going to look a little different.  

If you choose to celebrate this October 31st, please do your part to keep yourself, your family, your neighbors and your community safe. The CDC and BC CDC have come up with guidelines on how to have fun and stay safe this Halloween and you can find them here CDC And here BC CDC

To keep up to date with the correct information relating to COVID visit island health at Island Health COVID-19 Resources

Celebrating Halloween Safely  

Trick-or-treating is a long Halloween tradition that is celebrated all around the world. The CDC listed it is a high-risk activity and provided some guidelines to minimize exposure if families decided to participate in trick-or-treating this year. 

  • Avoid direct contact with trick or treaters  

  • Give out treats outdoors, if possible 

  • Set up a station with individual bagged treats for kids to take  

  • Wash hands before handling treats 

  • Wear a mask 

Low, Medium and High Risk Activities 

Like everything else this year, we will have to adapt our previous plans and traditions to ensure our family and community stays safe this Halloween. The CDC has also come up with a list of Low, Moderate and high-risk activities that you and your family may be involved with this weekend. We have summarized these activities for you here:  

Activities that are considered Low Risk  

  • Carving pumpkins with members of your house hold or outside at a safe distance with neighbors or friends  

  • Decorate your living space  

  • Halloween Scavenger Hunt  

  • Virtual Halloween costume contest 

  • Halloween movie night with members of your household  

  • Scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat at your home  

Activities that are considered Moderate Risk  

  • One-way trick-or-treating  

  • Having a small group, outdoor, open air costume parade 

  • Outdoor costume party  

  • Going to a haunted forest where there are COVID measures in place  

  • Having an outdoor Halloween movie night  

Higher risk activities that should be avoided  

  • Traditional trick-or-treating  

  • Participating in Trunk-or-treat 

  • Crowded indoor Halloween parties  

  • Crowded haunted house  

  • Hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household  

  • Using alcohol or drugs that can cloud judgement and increase risky behaviors  

  • Traveling to different communities 

Get Involved 

While we encourage you to have fun this Halloween, we urge you to also think about those in your community that are struggling. At United Way we work with community partners who tackle issues around homelessness, food security, child development and more. Neighbours in your community struggle with these concerns every day and COVID-19 has only increased the need for these support. At UWCNVI we leave the scaring to Halloween and provide help, resources and compassion to those that need it most. Check out uwcnvi.ca to get involved!   

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