Mayor Diane Dallaire of Rouyn-Noranda announced Monday at a municipal council meeting that she and her colleagues have decided to cancel Halloween trick-or-treating in their small Quebec city this year.

"Faced with the uncertainty created by the second wave," she said, "the municipal council has taken the decision to not authorize door-to-door trick-or-treating on October 31."

The mayor made clear that the council had not yet had an official decision on the matter from public health authorities, but decided to be proactive.

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The municipal council has taken the decision to not authorize door-to-door trick-or-treating on October 31.

Rouyn-Noranda Mayor Diane Dallaire

But she assured Halloween will go on, though it will be "different."

The council proposed a number of other activities for families, including a citywide decoration competition and a "candy hunt" in families' own yards among members of their bubble.

The provincial government has yet to release its own Halloween guidelines.

Though the Ministry of Health has promised that Halloween won't be cancelled outright, National Public Health Director Dr. Horacio Arruda has also said it will have to be "different" this year.

Meanwhile, Quebecers are already coming up with their own creative designs for safe trick-or-treating.

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