Avoid trick-or-treating, try a drive-by parade instead, city says

Halloween isn’t totally canceled this year, but it is going to be different: Pa’s Pumpkin Patch won’t reopen, Dark Harbor has been canceled and health officials are saying no trick-or-treating.

Long Beach officials are urging residents to find safer ways to celebrate the holiday that don’t involve gathering with people outside their households or sharing food. To do this, residents should avoid trick-or-treating and even trunk-or-treating because it’s hard to physically distance at doorsteps and residents shouldn’t be sharing food in a pandemic, city officials said.

Some activities to do instead:

  • Online parties and contests, like costume contests and pumpkin carving contests
  • Car parades with with drive-by events or contests
  • Halloween movie nights, but at drive-in theaters
  • Halloween-themed meals or art installations at outdoor restaurants or museums
  • Decorating homes and yards with Halloween-themed decorations.

Gatherings, events and parties with non-household members, even outside, are strictly not allowed. Carnivals, festivals, live entertainment and haunted houses are also not allowed.


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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.