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2020 has been rough year for us all, but it’s got to be noted that kids have gotten a pretty rough end of the stick.
Fortunately, in most states (we’re feeling for you, Victoria) restrictions are starting to ease, so we’re taking a look at what that means for the next festive occasion coming up … Halloween!
And because it’s 2020, of course this year Halloween falls on not only a full moon but a pretty rare blue moon! Halloween 2020 will truly be one to remember.
Read on for what October 31 will look like where you live …
It goes without saying that 2020 has been a pretty freaky year, and it looks like the freak is set to level-up on Halloween where we will see a full moon, an event that hasn’t coincided with Halloween since back in 2001.
Oh, and it’s not just your average full moon, it will be a blue moon and that’s an event that only occurs on Halloween every 18-19 years or so. That’s just four times a century. Howwwwwwwwllll!
Don’t expect top look up and see an actual blue coloured moon in the sky though, that’s not what a blue moon is.
There’s actually a couple of different types of blue moons, there’s a seasonal blue moon which is the third full moon in an astronomical season where four full moons occur and there is a monthly blue moon which is the one we can expect to experience on Halloween 2020. A ‘monthly’ blue moon is the rare occurrence when two full moons occur within the same month and it’s where the expression ‘once in a blue moon’ comes from.
The rare blue moon is sure to bring out the wild side this year!
Depending on the rules in where you live (read more below) you might not be allowed or be entirely comfortable with trick or treating this year.
However there are still plenty of fun ways to get your ghoul on. You could have a family disco, watch spooky movies, bake ghoulish treats or you could spread a little socially distanced holiday cheer by ‘ghosting’ your neighbours and friends.
Make up some little bags of treats, sheets of spooky jokes or ghoulish artwork (clean hands or gloves, of course!) and stealthily drop them on the doorsteps of your neighbours, classmates and family on Halloween.
Add a note asking the recipient to do the same and pass on the festive cheer and before you know it, the whole neighbourhood is joining in!
Halloween 2020 is going to look a little different to years past thanks to a little old global pandemic.
Residents of NSW are living with more relaxed restrictions that some of the other states, so technically carrying on with business as usual would mean no rules were being broken.
However, the state government has been proactive in ensuring all of NSW stays safe, by offering the following advice:
COVID-safe tips if you plan to hand out treats
NSW Health recommends:
COVID-safe tips if you plan to trick-or-treat
NSW Health recommends:
Common sense will be the key for a successful Halloween in 2020.
Right now Queenslanders and those within the NSW border bubble are allowed to travel freely within the state and visit each other for any reason, which includes Halloween.
As of 4:00pm Friday 16 October 2020, residents were advised that all of Queensland can gather in groups of up to 40 people in their homes and public spaces however, Queenslanders are still advised to practice social distancing as much as possible and wash or sanitise their hands regularly.
Follow all of the State’s health advise and trick or treating should be fine.
Right now residents in the NT are living with some pretty relaxed rules in terms of visiting each other and moving around within the state however, of course, everyone is under direction to follow social distancing and hygiene advice.
Halloween is a go in the NT!
Note: While there are no current limits on outdoor gatherings or home visits, anyone hosting an event should ensure there is at least 1.5m of space between guests who don’t reside in the same home.
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Lockdown restrictions are still in play in the southern state, meaning that residents are still under stage 3 and 4 lockdown restrictions, which could derail any trick or treating plans this year.
Specifically, Metropolitan Victorians are not permitted to leave a 5km radius from their homes and are not permitted to Trick or Treat under the current restrictions.
While regional Victorians have been able to leave the home without restrictions and groups of up to 10 people have been able to meet outdoors.
However this is a situation that is constantly changing and may do so again before October 31.
The apple isle remains a closed state, however residents are able to move pretty freely within the state itself. This means Tassie families, under the current regulations, can expect to be able to trick or treat so long as they continue practicing social distancing and good hygiene.
If you’re planning. a party, current rules for socialising allow for 500 people at outdoor gatherings, while 20 people can visit your house at one time.
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South Australians are free to move around and visit for any reason. Social distancing requirements remain in place with residents urged to keep their distance and continue to practice good hygiene.
With a little common sense and some careful planning, trick or treating should be allowed.
There is no limit on outdoor gatherings, and residents can have up to 50 people visiting their home, so if you’re planning on hosting huge a spooky party take note of those limitations.
Residents in WA face very few restrictions right now. While travel to remote indigenous communities is still limited, there are minimal limits on public gatherings, home visits and in-state travel meaning families in WA could reasonable expect that trick or treating would be allowed.
With common sense and by following the state government’s health advice to continue practicing social distancing and good hygiene, it looks like business as usual this year.
Note: You will need to allow for person per two square metres in your home if you’re getting your party on.
With restrictions quite relaxed in the ACT, families can reasonably expect that if they practice social distancing and good hygiene they will be allowed to head out for trick or treating.
Party planners note: Outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people, while there is no limit on household visitors currently.