Australians across the country ditched their favorite costumes on Saturday nights to take inspiration from the biggest public health crisis in more than a century.
To be precise, the theme of the scariest night this year is COVID-19.
A nurse covered in blood with a face mask and a stethoscope poses with a blood-filled syringe while others at the party are dressed as scarecrows and witches.
Two fit men embracing medical themes wearing nothing but scrub bottoms, stethoscopes and clipboards
A pair re-enacted a scene from earlier this year in which a Melbourne woman, nicknamed Bunnings ‘Karen’, wearing leggings and a vest while holding a Starbucks cup, releases a Bunnings employee who asks her to wear a face mask.
Wearing face masks, medical scrubs and enormous syringes, virus-themed and lockdown clothes are in vogue.
A married couple stand out from the crowd dressed as ‘Bunnings Karen’ – a Melbourne woman who became an internet sensation in July for dramatically refusing to follow coronavirus protocol at a hardware store.
A photo on social media shows Hallows Eve fans dramatizing a scene in which ‘Karen’, wearing leggings and belongings while holding a Starbucks cup, breaks free to a Bunnings employee asking her to wear a face mask.
Another image shows two fit-looking men embracing a medical theme wearing nothing but scrub bottoms, stethoscopes and clipboards.
A Sydney woman dressed as a zombie nurse with white contact lenses and fake blood dripping down her face, chest and arms
A family from Parramatta, in Sydney’s western suburbs, put face masks on the Jack-o’-lantern to match this year’s coronavirus themed Halloween celebration
A woman in a skeleton costume and decorative make-up poses for a photo with a Day of the Dead mannequin
On their muscular shoulders were white and red crosses, as they were grasped urine specimen container.
Others wear medical masks dressed as doctors and nurses covered in blood.
Festive mask-clad pumpkins adorn shop windows next to jumbo bottles of refillable hand sanitizer.
While trick-or-treaters are trickling slowly onto the streets in some neighborhoods, COVID-19’s social distancing rules are still in place.
Two women pose as schoolgirls in uniforms covered in blood and face masks to create clothing inspired by COVID-19
A group dresses up as doctors, schoolgirls, witches, nurses, voodoo women, fairies and skeletons for a Halloween Party at Chirnside Park in Victoria
One family is playing on the safety measures for the coronavirus by setting up a framework to use as guidelines for social distancing rules
Hospitality workers in Queensland wear face masks decorated with Halloween, featuring Jack-o’-lanterns, a cat, and Day of the Dead prints
A woman dressed as a nurse poses with a zombie nurse mannequin covered in blood after giving birth to a zombie baby
In New South Wales, health authorities support Halloween celebrations, advising residents to wear face masks and maintain social distancing while in public.
Although up to 30 people are allowed to gather outdoors, trick-or-treaters are ordered not to have more than 20 people on a property at any one time and have a party outside.
The NSW government also advised people to only distribute individually wrapped candy, not to use communal candle bowls, and to provide hand sanitizer at the gate.
Those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or isolating themselves are instructed to refrain from going out and not open doors.
The same advice is given to those in Western Australia, except the state currently has no restrictions on meeting size.
A man is dressed as a check-in station for COVID-19, complete with hand sanitizer, barcode, entry sheet and tissue
A Victorian woman spends Halloween this year as a witch in a purple dress, hat and colorful face mask.
A Victorian barista dressed as a spooky witch while making coffee for customers on Saturdays in a mesh-printed face mask.
However, residents were also told to ensure that two meters (2m2) were available for everyone in any area where they entertain.
In Queensland, residents can celebrate Halloween as usual, and up to 40 people are allowed in homes and public places.
But the state government urges residents to remember current health directives, which include maintaining social distance from pranks or healers from separate households or groups, frequent washing and cleaning of hands, taking only wrapped candy and candy, and staying home if not healthy.
As the number of coronavirus cases across Victoria continues to decline, the Andrews Government has allowed residents to take part in Halloween celebrations under strict conditions after lifting four reasons for leaving home last week.
Melbournians were ordered to stay within a 25 km radius of their homes if they were trick-or-treating, with only 10 people allowed to gather in outdoor groups.
Health authorities suggest that face masks should be worn at all times and maintain social distance between different household members.
A witch in black and white striped stockings stirs a cauldron of green balloons inside a costume shop in Melbourne
Halloween parties should be held outdoors, with participants told not to share food or drink and anyone feeling unwell instructed to stay home.
In Tasmania, borders are still closed, but residents are allowed to cheat or groom around as long as they continue to practice social distancing.
Up to 500 people attend the outdoor gathering, and you can have 20 people visit your home at one time if you decide to host a Halloween event on Apple Isle.
Locals in South Australia are warned to keep their distance and continue to practice good hygiene.
There are no outdoor meeting restrictions, with up to 50 people allowed in private residences.
Current restrictions in the Northern Territory are relaxed, with a key message to also follow social distancing and basic hygiene advice when traveling.
It is the same story in the Australian Capital Territory, where outdoor gatherings can be attended by up to 100 people in a selected venue.
A mother from the Victorian era installed fake cobwebs and spiders all over the family home and dressed like a ghost in a white dress and a rose-patterned face mask
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