Little ghosts and goblins will soon be clamouring for candy in traditional Halloween fashion.
To help you plan your Oct. 31 celebration, the Gazette has compiled a map of locations in St. Albert with yard displays, big and small.
Do you have a display you'd like added to our map? Send your address to our editor April Hudson at [email protected], or text it to her at 780-296-6769, along with a photo or two of your yard if you have them, and she will add it to the map.
If your little ones want to go trick-or-treating, but you're worried about taking proper precautions, the Alberta government says you can still enjoy the evening if you take a few precautions.
If you or your kids aren't feeling well, skip the festivities and stay home.
Looking for something fun to do with your kids before Halloween? Check out 13 Days of Frightful Fun.
- Pick a costume that lets you wear a mask underneath (as long as you can see and breathe comfortably).
- Trick-or-treat with your family or cohort to help minimize physical contact with other people, remain within your community and stay two metres apart.
- Call out "Trick or treat!" or knock instead of ringing doorbells, and try to avoid high-contact areas like railings. If you're touching surfaces, pack some hand sanitizer.
- Wash your hands and disinfect packages before you dig in to your candy.
Handing out candy
- Wear a mask and make sure it covers your mouth and nose.
- Use tongs to hand out candy so you aren't handling the treats.
- If the weather is nice, try a creative way of handing out candy. Instead of waiting for kids to come to your door, hand out treats from your lawn or driveway, or set up a table or blanket where you can space out candy bags.
- Build a candy slide, candy catapult or other fun, no-touch delivery device. Then send your photos to the Gazette!
- Spend time with people you know and keep your party small.
- Find some games and activities that allow people to physically distance.
- Don't share food, drinks, cigarettes, vapes or cannabis.
- If the weather is nice, consider having an outdoor party.
- Wash or sanitize your hands often.