Health officials cancel trick-or-treating in LA County

Saturday, 12 Sep, 2020

County health officials have released guidelines for Halloween this year that include restrictions of some of the holiday's most basic traditions.

Face coverings instead of costume masks. "Trick or treating: we are highly recommending that it not happen".

Less than a day after the announcement, public health officials said they had "slightly revised" the policy by softening the language about trick-or-treating and "trunk or treat". "We don't think it's an appropriate activity during a pandemic". Some of those activities include trick-or-treating, trunk-or-treating, parties, festivals, live entertainment, carnivals, and haunted house attractions.

Halloween gatherings, events or parties with non-household members are not permitted even if they are conducted outdoors.

"Whether this means trick-or-treating, more candy bowl moments at home with family and close friends, or just more time celebrating the season throughout the month of October, one thing is for sure - Halloween is happening", the National Confectioners Association said in a statement.

Instead, officials recommend residents celebrate Halloween online or from a safe distance.

According to the county, online parties or contests, such as pumpkin-carving or costume contests, are allowed, as are vehicle parades and drive-thru attractions.

While officials advised against trick-or-treating this Halloween, they did provide some alternate suggestions to celebrating spooky season during the pandemic, including auto parades and drive-through events, Halloween movie nights at drive-in theaters and decorating homes and yards with Halloween-themed decorations.

Additionally, the county has graciously agreed to allow homeowners to "Dress up homes and yards with Halloween themed decorations".

That's a question that no longer comes up between my wife and I. We have already decided that our 5-year-old is not going trick or treating this Halloween. It will be interesting to see what Halloween looks like in 2020.