Just because we're enduring a pandemic doesn't mean all the fun has to stop this Halloween, with ways to celebrate in a COVID-safe way.
Many people in the Illawarra have been getting into the spirit of Halloween and decorated their homes, from the north to the south of the region, and can be seen from inside your own vehicle.
Those keen to trick-or-treat and fill their bags with candy can still have fun with that too, said a spokesperson from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.
"Provide closed packaging for treats and instead of communal lolly bowls, consider other ways of distributing treats - for example, along the front fence or hidden in your front yard," she said.
"Keep it local - put effort into decorating the front yard and staying in your neighbourhood rather than travelling to well-known "treat streets" frequented by many people."
The also advise to try and keep celebrations outside, don't share costume face masks, practice good hygiene, people with the slightest of illness symptoms (for example, runny nose, cough) should get tested for COVID-19 and stay home until they receive a negative result, and people isolation should not open their doors to Halloween visitors.
- Scroll down for a short list of decorated homes around the Illawarra - if you know some more, please email: COS@IllawarraMercury.com.au
Revolution Laser Arena are running limited capacity zombie sessions of laser tag on Sunday October 31, adhering to the public health order with patrons needing to have double vaccinations.
Brett Baker, managing director of Funscape which runs the area, said there was plenty of space to run around through the arena, though did feel many people were being cautious and waiting to venture out once more restrictions lift on December 1.
"We've all been cooped up for so long, it's nice to have activities to do again and get out and have some light-hearted fun," Mr Baker said.
"One of the big problems at the moments is confusion around rules and I think a lot of people are just waiting until December when you don have to worry about masks and things are a bit more back to normal."
Wollongong's Science Space may have cancelled their annual Spookfest, but they are helping people celebrate at home with a video on how to make water glow in the dark.
Kiama's Scoops Ice Creamery is inviting customers to dress up in their most ghoulish outfits on Sunday for a chance to win free goodies.
The Beats and Eats foodie markets at Bulli Showground on Saturday night will have dress ups, trick-or-treats and a synthetic ice skating rink.
For the bigger kids over 18, Wollongong's Grand Hotel on Keira Street have been spruiking a Halloween Foam Festival from 6pm on Sunday
Homes with Halloween Decorations
- 26 Point Street, Bulli
- 36 Ramah Avenue, Mt Pleasant
- 165 Gladstone Avenue, Mount saint Thomas
- 34 Rose Parade, Unanderra NSW 2526
- 10 derby Street, Berkeley
- 35 O'Donnell Street, Port Kembla NSW 2505
- 3/93 Avondale Road, Avondale
- 42 Tallawong Crescent, Dapto
- 6 Paterson Place, Barrack Heights
- Barton Street, Oak Flats
- 17 Jeffcoat street, Albion Park
- 2/2 Sophia Street, Albion Park
- 62 crest Road, Albion park
- Brushgrove Circuit, Calderwood
- 4 Seatemple Way, Shell Cove
- Macquarie Street, Jamberoo
- Hillview Circuit, Kiama
- Riverside Drive & Minamurra Street, Kiama Downs
Please note this list is not exhaustive and just some of the many Illawarra homes getting in the Halloween spirit. If you know of more - email us: COS@IllawarraMercury.com.au