The state government has moved to clarify the rules around trick or treating as Halloween approaches.
For some Melburnians, Halloween is a fun, neighbourhood event their kids look forward to, while for others, it’s a non-event.
The latest advice is that Melburnians can enjoy Halloween safely outside with a group of up to 10 people, but traditional trick or treating knocking on doors in your neighbourhood is not encouraged.
The department says it needs to be contactless, and suggests against giving out lollies and treats, but if you do, place them outside on a fence or front gate for collection and they should be individually wrapped.
They discourage knocking on doors and entering people’s front yards.
The department has some other ideas for how to celebrate:
• Have a Halloween party outside in a public place. You can catch up with a group of up to ten people (including yourself). Babies under 12 months age aren’t included in the ten-person limit. An outdoor public place means an area accessible to everyone, including local parks and beaches.
• Do a Halloween scavenger hunt
• Carve or decorate pumpkins with members of your household.
• Decorate your house.
• Have a virtual costume party or party with friends and family on video chat.
• Have a Halloween movie night with your household.
Read the full advice HERE
If you’d rather a virtual event or activity, here’s some ideas: