We at theLAShop love Halloween, but 2020 has changed some of our favorite holiday activities. Halloween’s biggest tradition, Trick or Treating has changed everywhere. Some cities in California have added rules and regulations to the timeless custom. Los Angeles officials attempted to ban this event altogether as it is difficult to physical distance during this time.
While actual Trick or Treating is discouraged, government officials are asking residents that if they do participate in holiday activities they do it in a professional low-risk environment. Events such as drive-through haunted houses, haunted hayrides, and drive-in movie theatres are recommended for families and others who just want to join in on the festivities.
Where is Trick or Treating Allowed
Each city has different regulations regarding trick or treating. Beverly Hills, for example, has recently prohibited house-to-house and car-to-car trick or treating. Los Angeles County has mandated that large parties, gatherings, haunted houses, and carnivals be canceled altogether. Officials are allowing car parades, drive-in movie theatres, and outdoor dining to occur. With the CDC’s suggestion, drive-thru events are recommended and advised.
We all understand that many Halloween activities can be dangerous due to these troubling times. The CDC discourages activities such as trick or treating while Beverly Hills promises to cite violators. The CDC warns us about these high-risk activities:
Participating in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door
Having trunk-or-treat where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots
Attending crowded costume parties held indoors
Going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming
Going on hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household
Using alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgment and increase risky behaviors
Traveling to a rural fall festival that is not in your community
Added Safety Precautions to Take this Year
"Your child shouldn't be digging around a candy bowl, touching multiple pieces. Ask them to choose one and stick with it," Dr. Kesh advises. "And while it's hard to ask kids not to run around the street, you should ask them to stay as far away from people outside of your household, to continue to do social distancing even outside." The CDC wants you to celebrate Halloween safely this year. They want you to engage in activities such as pumpkin carving, scavenger hunts, or virtual Halloween contests.
However, if you do plan on trick or treating here are a few suggestions for keeping your family safe:
Wearing a face-covering
Maintaining physical distancing
Keeping your group limited to the people in your home
Having cleaning supplies on hand
Do not share props, toys, or bags
Avoid touching your face
Is Your Candy Safe
According to FDA and CDC it is safe to consume candy after letting it sit for 10-14 days. You can also take the extra precaution to wipe or wash your wrapped candy with soap and water once you get to your home.
Tips for Candy Givers
If you choose to give out candy this year, here are a few tips that will help keep you and your family safe:
Sit outside behind a trick or treat table with tape marking safe distances
Create a candy shoot or tube that keeps a fair distance
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We have a lot to be thankful for this year. In 2021, it is more important than ever to spend time with the ones we love. Connect with your family and friends virtually this year.
Many statewide restrictions are put in place to keep us healthy and protected. Though this change may take some time to adapt to, it does not mean that we still can’t enjoy our current lives. Spend this time safely with your immediate families, and appreciate the time you have together.
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