Those donning wicked witches and ghastly ghoul costumes this Halloween are being reminded by NSW Health that COVID is still 'lurking in the shadows'.
A number of COVID-safe recommendations came from the health department on Thursday with Executive Director of NSW Health Protection, Jeremy McAnulty expressing support for trick or treaters but with some important reminders.
"Halloween celebrations will need to be a little different this year due to COVID-19 and we are urging everyone in the community to play their part," Dr McAnulty said.
Among the recommendations was advice to only provide closed packaging treats, stick to front yards instead approaching front doors, and to keep groups small and from the same household.
The health department says participants shouldn't share their costume's face masks with other people and hand sanitiser is needed if people are touching common surfaces.
It was stressed for participants to always maintain social distancing of 1.5-metres and to most importantly, stay home if feeling unwell and avoid those homes where people are isolating.
Yenda resident and mother of two Rayna Geaney has organised the Yenda Halloween trick or treating for the last six years and said this year will likely see less people participating.
"People love it here, every year it gets bigger but this year with COVID we suspect it may not be as popular," Miss Geaney said.
For those getting into the spirit there are some rules in place, the trick or treating is during restricted hours from 5.30pm to 7.30pm with participating households advised to take responsibility for hygiene and social distancing.
The Yenda Rotary Club will be hosting a barbecue in Memorial Park from 6pm to 8pm with steak and sausage sandwiches available. The barbecue will be used to raise money for Yenda Rotary.