Zombies, monsters, ghosts, and other grisly ghouls will take to Gunnedah's streets in full force on Saturday in search of tantalising treats for Halloween.
Organisers of Gunnedah's festivities are busy creating an interactive map, marking out all of the houses in town who are participating in this year's trick-or-treating.
Youngsters will walk the streets from 5pm-7.30pm, and locals are being encouraged to get in quick to put their address down as a stop for the kids.
But it'll be different this year, with households urged to follow health guidelines to ensure everyone is having fun in a COVID-safe way.
NSW Health has released a number of reminders and suggestions for those going out trick-or-treating or providing lollies and chocolates for the participants.
Those going trick-or-treating should:
- Carry hand sanitiser and use it often
- Stay in small groups under 20 people
- Keep 1.5 metres away from other households
- Use a disposable bag for trick-or-treating and throw it out afterwards
- Stay local, avoid crowded 'treat streets'
- Only accept treats that are individually wrapped
- Don't share your treats with others from different households
To stay COVID-safe, those handing out treats this Halloween could:
- Hang individually wrapped treats on their fence or gate, or put them on a tray outside their house
- Organise a treasure hunt outside to avoid people coming to their house
- Get creative and build a 'lolly chute' so they can stay 1.5 metres apart from trick-or-treaters
Everyone must also remember to stay home if unwell, practice good hygiene, and wear a face mask if physical distancing isn't possible.
To find out how to get involved in this year's frightening festivities, join the Halloween in Gunnedah Facebook group.