Trick-or-treating on Halloween will not be allowed in Los Angeles County this year as the country continues to battle the novel coronavirus.

What’s going on?

Health officials from Los Angeles County announced this week that the following events won’t be allowed:

  • Trick-or-treating
  • Halloween parties
  • Festivals
  • Haunted houses
  • Trunk-or-treating

“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 especially in neighborhoods that are popular with trick-or-treaters.” — Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said in a statement.

The county said families should consider other ways to celebrate the spooky season, including an online party or a car parade.

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  • “Since some of the traditional ways in which this holiday is celebrated does not allow you to minimize contact with nonhousehold members, it is important to plan early and identify safer alternatives.”

Local react to the news

Ron Moazzez, who owns a costume store on Hollywood Boulevard, told CBS Los Angeles there are ways to celebrate Halloween without parties.

  • “People decorate their house, backyard … and (on) Hollywood Boulevard, it’s always Halloween. There doesn’t need to be a private party.”

Alison Isbell told CBS Los Angeles she thinks people will use the holiday to have some fun.

  • “Just because people have been kind of stir crazy, pent up at home (with) not much to do, so I would think it would be big release of fun for everybody and hopefully that’s what it is.”