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Ways to celebrate Halloween safely and indoors this year

Last Updated Oct 31, 2020 at 7:44 am EST

Halloween hay bales with protective masks are shown at the Markham Fairgrounds during the COVID-19 pandemic in Markham on Oct. 19, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Families across the country have assembled their costumes and stockpiled their candy to celebrate a Halloween unlike any other.

Public health restrictions to protect against COVID-19 vary depending on the region, but most officials have given trick-or-treating the go-ahead.

That excludes the Ontario infection hot spots of Ottawa, Toronto, and York and Peel regions.

Elsewhere, public health officials have urged people to keep Halloween parties small, if they’re allowed to go ahead at all.

Quebec Premier Francois Legault, for instance, has said that in his province, Halloween is only for kids this year – no adult gatherings allowed.

From indoor candy scavenger hunts, to virtual costume parties, to DIY crafts, the ideas are endless.

Here are a few thing you can do virtually:

The Ontario Science Centre

The Ontario Science Centre is hosting Spooky Science week. You can watch their video on creepy crawlies or try one of their DIY experiments.  On October 31 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on their YouTube channel, they will be hosting a live Virtual Star Party.

The last time we had a full moon on Halloween night was back in 1944. The science centre will take you far into the galaxy where you can admire the stars and scariest places in the universe.

Hershey Treat Quest

Have Snapchat? Hershey Treat Quest, has teamed up with Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada in a Snapchat game, aimed to help underprivileged kids. The game allows players to find candy and unlock donations that will go to the charity. Hershey Canada plans to donate up to $10,000.

Vaughan Public Libraries

Vaughan Public Libraries is hosting a Family Halloween party on October 31 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

ReelHeart Spooky Stories Halloween Party

You can also listen to spooky stories over zoom on Halloween night from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. with the ReelHeart Spooky Stories Halloween Party.  You will need to purchase tickets for this event.

City of Toronto

The City of Toronto’s yearly pumpkin parade is going digital. They are asking people to share pictures of their carved pumpkins and take a look at other creations by using #pumpkinparadesTO.

Files from The Canadian Press were used in this report