No trick: Families’ Halloween treat after restrictions eased

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Rhiannon Devine and Joshua Weier's enthusiasm for decorating their home for Halloween has turned some heads on their Canterbury street in past years.

Mr Weier said the couple, who have a three-year-old daughter, were excited that eased restrictions would allow the family to enjoy the festivities with others.

The holiday is a favourite for Mr Weier, who grew up in the US.

Josh Weier and his wife Rhiannon Devine with their daughter Olwyn are hoping for a good Halloween.Credit:Eddie Jim

“It’s been pretty fun to just one-up ourselves every year and be the crazy Americans on the block with lots of Halloween stuff,” Mr Weier said.

Ms Devine said the family were thrilled that eased restritions would allow their children to celebrate this year.

“I think it’s pretty awesome,” Ms Devine said. “I was noticing people putting decorations up today.”

Mr Weier said their daughter Olwyn was looking forward to donning her Princess Peach garb with witch and wizard parents in tow, especially coming out of lockdown.

“She’s at an age where the minute she sees other kids she’s super excited. You take that and just multiply that by 10 because the other kids are dressed up in costumes,” Mr Weier said.

“Kids get to be a little scared but in a fun way, you get to see other people dressing up, you get to decorate. I think there’s just a lot of creative expression.

“And of course, you get candy. What’s not to like about roaming around and eating candy?”

This year, the family is planning to space out some juice containers at the front of their home as COVID-safe presents for tick-or-treaters.

The young father said it would be great to see children enjoying themselves in masks that weren't there only for medical purposes, although the DHHS had advised anyone over the age of 12 to keep a medical mask on underneath their costume mask when outside the house.

The long-awaited rules for how to safely trick or treat in Victoria on Saturday night have been released by the Victorian Health Department.

The key message is that if you have any symptoms of coronavirus, you must get tested and stay home.

The guidance states that you must keep least 1.5 metres between yourself and people you don’t live with. This means no hugging, kissing or sharing food or drinks.

Here is how to safely trick-or-treat this COVID-19 Halloween.

  • Don’t use communal bowls for lollies or sweets. Putting lollies in a shared bowl will mean everyone is touching the same food and surfaces, which isn’t safe.
  • Instead, put individually wrapped lollies or candy in bags for non-contact collection.
  • Place bags on your fence, at your front gate or outside your home for collection.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before preparing the bags or individually wrapped lollies or candy.

The department has also offered up alternative ideas for a safe Halloween:

  • Have a Halloween party outside in a public place. You can catch up with a group of up to 10 people (including yourself). Babies under 12 months aren’t included in the 10-person limit. An outdoor public place means an area accessible to everyone, including local parks and beaches.
  • Do a Halloween scavenger hunt by giving children a list of Halloween-themed things to look for as they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance. Just like eye-spy! The limit of 10 people (including yourself) applies to scavenger hunts.
  • Carve or decorate pumpkins with members of your household.
  • Decorate your house.
  • Have a virtual costume party or party with friends and family on video chat.
  • Have a Halloween movie night with your household.
  • Create an around the house trick or treat or scavenger hunt for your household.

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