Lac La Biche is set for a scare this month because the County has agreed to let Halloween proceed.
Lac La Biche council members discussed whether or not the hamlet should participate in Halloween this year in fear the holiday could lead to an increased risk of transmission.
However, it was decided that as long as the guidelines from Alberta Health Services (AHS) were followed, Lac La Biche families could enjoy Halloween during a pandemic. AHS has guidelines for those that are trick-or-treating, for people that are handing out candy, and for Halloween parties.
For trick-or-treaters, AHS wants everyone to socially distance from people who are not in their cohort, avoid touching railings or doorbells, and disinfect packages before eating the candy.
Those that will be handing out candy are instructed to use tongs to pick up the candy or make candy bags and space them out on a table or blanket, or make a candy slide for non-touch delivery.
AHS wants party planners to consider having outdoor parties, and only play games that allow for social distancing and the least amount of contact with the same objects as possible.
In Lac La Biche County’s October edition of Your County In Touch, it gives residents more safety tips for the spooky season.
Some of the suggestions include not eating candy until an adult checks it over and leaving the candy out for a day giving the virus a chance to die off.
Other safety precautions involve trick-or-treaters wearing reflective clothing so motorists can see them, wear warm layers under costumes, and to cross streets at intersections or crosswalks.
There are also options for those who do not feel comfortable or are too old to go trick or treating. These include making a scavenger hunt at home for your cohort, making Halloween cookies, and watching scary movies.