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How to keep the Halloween spirit alive under COVID-19 restrictions

A soggy jack-o-lantern on a rainy Halloween. (Stock photo)

This Halloween the province of Ontario is not recommending traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating for Ottawa, Peel, Toronto and York Region because of COVID-19.

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) expert Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault says there are things you can still do to keep the spooky spirit of the day alive.

“Halloween may not look the same, it does not mean that it won’t feel as spooky and fun as it has in any other past year.  You just have to get a little more creative,” she said.

Allaire Perrault says her family will have a monster movie night by getting into their pajamas, indulging in some Halloween themed treats and watching a spooky flick.

Some other ideas include creating a trick-or-treat vibe in your home by doing a candy scavenger hunt or moving the hunt outside.  “There is so many different outlets online where you can print out a little check list and look for things like pumpkins, ghosts and ghouls,” she adds.

If this year’s restrictions have you feeling less inclined to buy a costume, here are some unique DIY costume ideas that will make you look like a hallow-queen.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

  1. You need a white onesie (for a baby, toddler), white dress for a child/adult.
  2. Paint a toilet paper roll or paper towel roll green.  Attach it to a headband.
  3. You can add white felt to certain areas of the costume  to make it look like whipped cream.
  4. Print out a coffee company logo and attach it to the costume


Avocado toast

Avocado costume:

  1. Green t-shirt, cut a hole at the belly part of the t-shirt
  2. Add brown foam board or brown felt underneath the hole.

Toast costume:

  1. You need 2, 2 inch white foam boards and cut them to look like toast bread.
  2. Paint the edges brown
  3. Poke holes on the top and feed string through the holes.


80s workout instructor

  1. Tights
  2. One piece bathing suit
  3. Leg warmers
  4. Headband


Wayne and Garth (Wayne’s World)


  1. Black hat (print out Wayne’s world logo and attach it to the front of hat)
  2. Black t-shirt
  3. Black wig


  1. Plaid shirt
  2. Blond wig
  3. Glasses


Follow @sacquisto on Instagram as she posts more DIY costume ideas.