How to celebrate Halloween safely in Brampton this year amid COVID-19 pandemic


Published October 20, 2020 at 3:47 pm

This year, Halloween is going to look different in Brampton due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While Premier Justin Trudeau and Peel Public Health are recommending that families refrain from conventional trick-or-treating, there are still several ways you can celebrate this year in Brampton.

Alternate ways to celebrate include dressing up and participating in virtual activities and parties, carving pumpkins at home, having movie nights or sharing scary stories and decorating front lawns.

Additionally, the City of Brampton has a wide range of fun and free Halloween events for families to enjoy online this year.

Brampton residents are encouraged to show off their pumpkin decorating skills by submitting a photo of their decorated pumpkins between October 16 and 29 to win one of 50 pairs of Brampton Recreation passes to attend a swim, skate or fitness program! Full details at

Residents may also create their own monsters using a ready-made supply kit and following a step-by-step online tutorial.

This Halloween, the City of Brampton will present awards for the top three costumes for children 10 and under, with a special scroll and gift for everyone who participates.

The panel of judges includes Mayor Patrick Brown, City Councillor Doug Whillans, Regional Councillor Rowena Santos, Peel Regional Police Superintendent Nav Chhinzer, Peel District School Board Trustee Kathy McDonald and the City’s Acting Commissioner of Community Services Derek Boyce. 

Participate by sharing a photo of your costume on social media between October 31 and November 6 and using the hashtag #BramptonCraftiestCostume2020 for a chance to win some great prizes from local Brampton treat vendors.

Winners will be contacted directly and announced on the City’s social media channels.

This year, the Great Pumpkin Party is also going virtual.

Participants are invited to watch professional pumpkin carving artists Rick Jacobson and Roy Chisholm create sculptured and 3D Jack-o’-Lanterns.

Following Halloween, residents are encouraged to put their costumes on one last time and take a picture composting their pumpkins. Share the photo on social media between November 1 and 6 and use the hashtag #BramptonHalloween2020 for a chance to win some great prizes.

Find out how to compost your pumpkins here.

“In light of the Province’s decision advising against trick or treating, the City is taking a number of steps to celebrate Halloween this year in Brampton and I encourage everyone to enjoy the fun activities we have planned including the Craftiest Costume contest, pumpkin decorating and the Great Pumpkin Party,” said Mayor Patrick Brown.

In past years, the City has asked residents to bring a non-perishable food item to the Great Pumpkin Party. This year more than ever, local food banks need support. Please consider donating any amount you can to local food banks.

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