With Halloween less than two weeks away, the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit is recommending kids not to trick or treat this year.

The Health Unit says that it is not recommending door-to-door trick or treating or congregating with others outside your home.

Dr. Jim Chirico, Medical Officer of Health says the Health Unit wants to follow suit with the rest of Ontario.

“The province is not recommending trick-or-treating in the Ottawa, Peel, Toronto and York Regions. Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in our district, I do not recommend trick-or-treating locally,” explains Dr. Chirico “We need to act now to help stop the spread of COVID-19. These activities could allow the virus to spread more easily.”

Instead of trick or treating, the Health Unit suggests some alternatives which include:

  • Host a treat hunt with members of your household
  • Host a virtual costume show with your friends
  • Spend time bonding with those in your household by making homemade treats and decorations
  • Decorate your house, this is a great opportunity for some crafty activities, like a tissue ghost
  • Host your own monster mash dance party with people in your household
  • Arrange for contactless delivery of spooky crafts or treats with friends and family
  • Pick out some Halloween themed books to read together

The announcement comes on the heels of a five-case spike in COVID-19, with the first two cases reported at an area school.