Australians all over the country tossed their favourite costumes aside on Saturday evening to take inspiration from the biggest public health crisis in more than a century.
Fittingly, the theme of the spookiest night of the year was COVID-19.
A blood-covered nurse with a face mask and stethoscope poses with a blood-filled syringe while others at the party dressed as a scarecrow and witch
Two fit-looking men embracing the medical theme by wearing nothing but scrub bottoms, stethoscopes and clipboards
One couple re-enacted a scene from earlier this year where a Melbourne woman, dubbed Bunnings ‘Karen’, clad in leggings, and a vest while clutching a Starbucks cup, unleashed on a Bunnings employee who asked her to wear a face mask
Donning face masks, medical scrubs and frighteningly-large syringes, virus and lockdown-themed outfits were in vogue.
One couple stood out among the crowd and dressed as ‘Bunnings Karen’ – a Melbourne woman who became an internet sensation in July for dramatically refusing to follow coronavirus protocols in the hardware store.
A photo on social media showed the Hallows Eve-enthusiasts dramatising the scene where ‘Karen’, clad in leggings and things while clutching a Starbucks cup, unleashed on a Bunnings employee who asked her to wear a face mask.
Another image showed two fit-looking men embracing the medical theme by 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, fitted with a face mask onto a Jack-o’-lantern to match this year’s coronavirus-themed Halloween celebrations
A woman sporting a skeleton costume and decorative make up poses for a photo alongside a Day of the Dead mannequin
Painted on their muscular shoulders were white and red crosses, as one clasped a urine specimen container.
Others sporting medical masks dressed as doctors and blood-soaked nurses.
Festive face mask-clad pumpkins adorned shop windows next to jumbo bottles of refillable hand sanitiser.
While trick-or-treaters trickled slowly onto the streets in some neighbourhoods, COVID-19 social distancing rules were still enforced.
Two women pose as schoolgirls with blood-smeared uniforms and face masks to create COVID-19 inspired outfits
One group dressed as a doctor, school girl, witch, nurse, voodoo woman, fairy and skeleton for a Halloween Party in Chirnside Park in Victoria
One family played on the coronavirus safety measures by setting up a skeleton to use as a guideline for social distancing rules
Hospitality workers in Queensland sported Halloween-decorated face masks, featuring Jack-o’-lanterns, a cat, and a Day of the Dead print
A woman dressed as a nurse poses with a zombie nurse mannequin splattered in blood after delivering a zombie baby
In New South Wales, health authorities supported Halloween celebrations, advising residents to wear face masks and maintain social distancing while out in public.
Although up to 30 people are allowed to gather outdoors, trick-or-treaters were instructed to have no more than 20 people on a property at one time and keep festivities outside.
The NSW government also advised people to only hand out individually wrapped sweets, to not use communal lolly bowls, and to provide hand sanitiser at the gate.
Those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or self isolating were ordered to refrain from going out and to not answer the door.
The same advice was given to those in Western Australia, except the state currently has no restrictions in place for the size of gatherings.
One man dressed as a COVID-19 venue check-in station, complete with hand sanitiser, a barcode, a sign-in sheet and tissues
A Victorian woman spent this year’s Halloween as a witch with a purple dress, hat, and a colourfully-patterned face mask
A Victorian barista dressed as a spooky witch while making coffees for customers on Saturday with a cobb-web print face mask
However, residents were also told to ensure two by two metres (2m2) were available for each person in any area in which they were entertaining.
Over in Queensland, residents were able to celebrate Halloween as normal, with up to 40 people allowed in homes and public places.
But the state government urged residents to keep in mind current health directives, which included maintaining socially distanced from trick or treaters from separate households or groups, washing and sanitising hands often, only taking wrapped lollies and candy, and staying home if unwell.
As coronavirus case numbers across Victoria continue to fall, the Andrews Government allowed residents to partake in Halloween festivities under strict requirements after revoking the four reasons to leave home last week.
Melbournians were instructed to remain within a 25km radius of their homes if trick-or-treating, with only 10 people permitted to gather in groups outdoors.
Health authorities advised that face masks should be worn at all times and social distancing maintained between members from different households.
A witch in black and white stripped stockings stirs a cauldron filled with green balloons inside a costume store in Melbourne
Halloween parties had to be held outdoors, with attendees told not to share food or drinks and anyone who felt unwell was ordered to stay at home.
In Tasmania, the border is still closed, but residents were permitted to trick or treat nearby so long as they continued practicing social distancing.
Up to 500 people be present at outdoor gatherings, and you can have 20 people visit your house at one time if you decide to host a Halloween event in the Apple Isle.
Locals in South Australia were warned to keep their distance and continue to practice good hygiene.
There was no limit on outdoor gatherings, with up to 50 people allowed in private residences.
Current restrictions in the Northern Territory are relaxed, with the main message to also follow social distancing and basic hygiene advice if out and about.
It was the same story in the Australian Capital Territory, where outdoor gatherings could see up to 100 people at a chosen venue.
A Victorian mother strung fake cob webs and spiders across the family’s home and dressed as a ghost with a white dress and rose-patterned face mask