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Posted on: September 29, 2020

LA County Halloween Health Order

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COVID-19 Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Guidance for Celebrating Halloween 

View LA County Halloween Health Order (PDF)

Halloween Activities:

Not Permitted (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.

Permitted and Recommended

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

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

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

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

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

 Halloween movie nights at 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. 


Guidance for Celebrating Halloween

Personal Protection Measures:

Regardless of how you choose to celebrate Halloween it is important to keep the following in mind:

1.    Correctly wear a cloth face covering to prevent disease spread1 when outside your home and around others that are not part of your household

2.    Avoid confined spaces - Actively stay away from indoor spaces that don’t allow for easy distancing of at least 6ft between you and others

3.    Avoid close contact – Stay at least 6 feet away (3 or more adult steps) from all other people who are not part of your own household, especially while talking, eating, drinking, and singing.

4.    Wash or sanitize your hands often.

5.    Clean frequently touched items regularly.

6.    If you are sick, or you have been in contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19 stay home, and away from others.


Know where to get reliable information

Beware of scams, false news and hoaxes surrounding novel coronavirus. Accurate information, including announcements of new cases in LA County, will always be distributed by Public Health through press releases, social media, and our website. The website has more information on COVID-19 including FAQs, infographics and a guide to coping with stress, as well as tips on handwashing

 Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH, County)

Other reliable sources of information about novel coronavirus are:

 California Department of Public Health (CDPH, State)

 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, National)


If you have questions and would like to speak to someone call the Los Angeles County Information line 2-1-1 which is available 24 hours a day.


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