Los Angeles County Issues Guidance Discouraging Trick Or Treating This Halloween

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A store in Alhambra, California is stocked with Halloween decorations in September. Los Angeles County has issued health guidance discouraging people from trick or treating this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The National Confectioners Association — for whom the Halloween season is considerably lucrative — responded to the county’s guidance in a statement on Wednesday, saying it «could have included a more creative and safe approach to trick-or-treating.»

«Halloween is happening,» the association declared, even if it looks a little different this year.

While Halloween itself is not quite canceled, some of its most high-profile events have been: Universal Studios canceled its Halloween Horror Nights in California and Florida, the Halloween International Film Festival has gone virtual and Knott’s Berry Farm in California nixed its popular Halloween Haunt.

And on Wednesday, organizers of New York’s Greenwich Village Halloween Parade — which typically draws some 50,000 marchers to Sixth Avenue — said this year’s event will not take place.

Los Angeles County seems to be the first to issue official health department guidance for safely celebrating Halloween.

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Federal health officials have not yet weighed in, though some lawmakers have asked them to do so.

A bipartisan group of members of Congress sent a letter last month urging Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leadership to update its Halloween safety guidance to include considerations for COVID-19, according to The Hill.

They specifically asked the CDC to comment publicly on the advisability of activities like video costume parties, drive-through trick or treat events and dropping off packages of treats for friends and neighbors.

«With the appropriate guidance from the CDC,» they wrote, «Americans can celebrate Halloween throughout the month of October in ways that prioritize community safety and adhere to rigorous socially distancing requirements.»

  • coronavirus pandemic
  • social distancing
  • Los Angeles County
  • Halloween


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