Winners from last year’s Golden online costume 
contest. It’ll be a second straight COVID Halloween, with provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry asking that people respect COVID guidelines once again this year. (File photo)

Winners from last year’s Golden online costume contest. It’ll be a second straight COVID Halloween, with provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry asking that people respect COVID guidelines once again this year. (File photo)

How to safely celebrate Halloween in Golden

It’ll be a second straight Spooky Season spent during the pandemic

As the weather turns cold and October starts to wrap up, the prospect of a second straight Halloween under COVID guidelines is having many ask how to safely celebrate Halloween without posing a health risk.

According to a new survey by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies, many Canadians are still reluctant ot hand out Halloween candy due to the pandemic, reports the Canadian Press.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is encouraging parents who do participate in Halloween to follow the same strategies as last year to ensure a safe holiday.

In particular, the province’s top doctor is encouraging trick-or-treaters to bring back the candy chutes to ensure social distancing.

“Keep it outside, keep groups small, do some of those really fun things that worked last year,” said Henry.

An online costume contest will also be hosted through Facebook. To participate, just include the hashtage #GoldenHalloween2021 in their caption of photos when posting to Facebook to submit your costume. Winners will be published in the Golden Star.

While children aged five to 11 will be able to get vaccinated starting in November, that won’t be in time to protect them in time for Halloween.

In Golden, there will be a slew of events to help celebrate spooky season, that all fall within COVID protocols.

The Golden Museum will be hosting their annual haunted house on Oct. 29 and 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. both days. The haunted house will be for those 13+ and tickets will need to be purchased in advance.

The museum will also offer an outdoor walk for those under the age of 13 or for those who are looking for something less scary.

Admission is by donation of a food item or cash to the Golden Food Bank, booking a time slot can be done at https://www.goldenbcmuseumnow.com/.

The Town of Golden’s usual Spooktacular children’s party will also be hosted at the Golden Museum and Archives this year, with fun activities happening from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The Town will put on a Halloween public skate on Oct. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m., with prizes for best costume.

Humble Tattoo will offer a Flash Day, with donation to the food bank required for a $120 flash tattoo on arms and legs. Tattoos will be given between 12 and 7 p.m. on Sunday, with sign-ups held between Oct. 27 and 30.

–with files from Katya Slepian

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