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Trudeau suggests Easter-style candy hunt instead of trick-or-treating for Halloween

Well, it's official, folks; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won't be sending his kids out trick-or-treating this year.

Trudeau revealed at a Tuesday press conference that his three children will be forgoing the usual hunt for candy on Oct. 31.

"My family will not be going trick-or-treating this year," Trudeau said. "[Health officials are] not encouraging or not recommending trick-or-treating, and therefore, we won't be."

He cited the fact that Ottawa is in the red zone, which is the most severe classification on the four-colour scale.

Instead, Trudeau says his family is considering "an Easter-style treasure hunt" for candy around the house and yard.

"I think families will be creative in how they respond to giving their kids as fun a holiday as we can while always listening to public health officials and respecting local guidelines," he added.

Trudeau's three children — Xavier, Ella-Grace and Hadrien — will have 22 rooms to hunt through at the sprawling Rideau Cottage, so there are definitely worse ways to spend Halloween.

Trick-or-treating may not be going ahead everywhere in Canada this year, but at least Canadians can celebrate the holiday with some truly creative decorations.

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Adam Scotti


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