The way Ballarat celebrates Halloween could be more important for the community than ever according to some experts.
Deakin University's Chair in Epidemiology Professor Catherine Bennet said because the community has been so disconnected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Halloween's timing alongside possible easing restrictions could help bring the community together.
"I do think there are COVID-safe ways to allow families to have a good time this Halloween," she said.
"It's really important that we continue to find ways to have these fun celebrations in a safe way."
She added the ability for the community to work masks into their Halloween costumes could be a fun way to take part in a safe manner while also inspiring some exciting creativity.
"I think the good thing about Halloween is that it's suited quite well for masks," she laughed.
"People can be out and about dressing up, it could be a great opportunity for people to express themselves and get competitive with how they approach Halloween in a COVID-safe way."
One person who is excited for the festivities is Ballarat North favourite Anthony Axford, who has become known for his front yard decorations.
This year, Mr Axford is excited to debut his brand new, hand crafted horse-drawn hearse and infinity mirror, which he constructed over the course of many weekends.
He said it has been exciting to see the holiday grow over the years within Australia and also believes the local community will be eager to get out and enjoy the decorations after being stuck in lockdown for so long.
"I think it's getting bigger every year in Australia," he said.
"I know a lot of people don't support it because they see it as an American holiday, but I feel as though it's something that can be really fun for the whole family.
"With COVID, I think people may have to be a bit more safe, but as long as people know what the rules are and kids are with their parents.
"It's a great chance for everyone to get together after the year we've had so far."
Halloween will take place on October 31 across Ballarat, with the DHHS suggesting trick or treating can take place.
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