Safe Halloween Guide (COVID-19)

Oct. 19, 2020
Halloween Jack-o-lantern Bucket with candy corn, face masks, and hand sanitizer

Written by: Rana Coniglio

With the fall festivities right around the corner during this unique year, we want to remind our community that it is important to continue following proper social distancing guidelines. 

These rules and regulations by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health are in place to ensure that both you and your families stay safe while still being able to enjoy the holiday season. Here is how you can take part in Halloween while reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19, or go to the Public Health Website for more information.

Not Allowed:

*Remember: gatherings and events are not currently allowed under the Health Officer Order!

Halloween gatherings, events, or parties with non-household members are not permitted even if they are conducted outdoors. Carnivals, festivals, live entertainment, and haunted house attractions are not allowed. 

Not Recommended:

Door to door trick or treating is not recommended because it can be very difficult to maintain proper social distancing on porches and at front doors, ensure that everyone answering or coming to the door is appropriately masked to prevent disease spread and because sharing food is risky. 

“Trunk or treating” where children go from car to car instead of door to door to receive treats is also not recommended, particularly when part of Halloween events since it is difficult to avoid crowding and sharing food.


Family wearing a face masks with jack o lanterns


Online parties/contests (e.g. costume or pumpkin carving) 

Car parades that comply with public health guidance for vehicle-based parades including:

  • Drive-by events or contests where individuals dress up or decorate their vehicles and drive-by “judges” that are appropriately physically distanced.


  • Drive through events where individuals remain in their vehicles and drive through an area with Halloween displays. 

Drive-in events where individuals can receive a treat bag (limited to commercially packaged non-perishable treats) or take away the item from an organizer while the participants remain in their vehicle. 

Halloween movie nights at the drive-in theaters (must comply with the public health drive-in movie theater guidance). 

Halloween themed meals at outdoor restaurants (must comply with the restaurant protocol).

Halloween themed art installations at an outdoor museum (must comply with the public health museum guidance.) 

Dressing up homes and yards with Halloween themed decorations.

Remember to stay safe and have fun this Halloween!

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