Guidelines have been released by LA County officials in regards to Halloween

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Julia Salas, Freshman

On September 8th, 2020, California health officials in Los Angeles County announced the ban of the traditional door to door trick-or-treating due to COVID-19.

The next day, due to the uproar, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health immediately backed their decision to revise guidelines.

When asked whether the same Halloween regulations would be imposed all throughout the nation, Carly Schildhaus of the National Confectioners Association shared, “There will be regional differences across the country in the way that people are going to celebrate the Halloween season throughout the month of October.” For example, Lakewood, Colorado’s “Haunted Trail Adventure” event has been cancelled due to COVID-19, as has Orlando, Florida’s, “Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights.”

Proper social distancing would be near impossible if hundreds of Trick-or-Treaters took to the streets all at once. The LA County Department of Public Health says “Door to door trick-or-treating is not allowed because it can be very difficult to maintain proper social distancing on porches and at front doors.”

Though people want to celebrate, the LACPH adds “Gatherings or parties with non-household members are not permitted, even if they are conducted outdoors.” Other Halloween events and activities such as carnivals, festivals and haunted houses will either be cancelled, postponed or reorganized to follow COVID-19 protocols.

The best way to stay safe for those choosing to still go trick-or-treating would be to keep your group small, keep hands sanitized, avoid touching others and wear face masks at all times when not at home or with family. Following these simple guidelines can reduce the risk of the spread of the virus, but going out is still ill advised. The best solution might be to stay at home with your family and watch a scary movie in this abnormal Halloween.