PASADENA, Calif.—COVID continues to impact our families and our traditions as we move into the fall season. It is difficult to think of Halloween without the block parties, gatherings and many of the other activities that we and our children look forward to every year. Many traditions, including Halloween, have become “high risk” activities that can spread this disease. The state and county, along with local health departments, have provided guidance for celebrating the holiday safely, including safer alternatives that still promote as festive an environment as possible amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under existing state, county and local orders, community members may participate in the following activities as long as they adhere to the City’s Safer at Home Order and related protocols:
- Online parties and contests (e.g., costume or pumpkin carving);
- Outdoor gatherings that are limited to three or fewer households (must comply with gatherings guidance);
- Car parades that comply with public health guidance for car line celebrations;
- Halloween movie nights at drive-in theaters (must comply with the drive-in movie theater protocol);
- Halloween-themed meals at outdoor restaurants (must comply with the restaurant protocol);
- Halloween-themed art installations at an outdoor museum (must comply with the museum and galleries protocol); and
- Dressing up homes and yards with Halloween-themed decorations.
Halloween activities NOT permitted include:
- Indoor gatherings/parties with non-household members;
- Carnivals, festivals, live entertainment, rides, petting zoos, and haunted house attractions; and
- “Trunk-or-treating” events where children go from car-to-car to receive treats.
Halloween activities NOT recommended include:
- Door-to-door or car-to-car trick-or-treating because proper social distancing is difficult to maintain and sharing food is risky.
It is also important to keep the following precautions in mind when celebrating Halloween and other upcoming holidays:
- Wear a cloth face covering around others you don’t live with, whether you are indoors or outdoors.
- Stay at least 6 feet away from anyone who doesn’t live with you, especially while talking, eating, drinking, and singing.
- Avoid confined spaces; stay away from indoor spaces that do not allow for easy distancing of at least 6 feet between you and others.
- Wash or sanitize your hands often.
- Clean frequently-touched items regularly.
- 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.
The City reminds residents of Halloween fire safety tips, including using battery-operated candles or glow sticks in jack-o-lanterns and keeping exits and escape routes clear of decorations. It is also a good time to make sure that all smoke alarms in your home are working.
During the holiday season, it is especially important to avoid driving under the influence. Remember that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI. The City also urges drivers to plan routes in advance and avoid texting or otherwise using a cell phone while driving.
View additional guidance for celebrating Halloween safely. Violations to the Halloween safety guidance should be reported to the Pasadena Citizen Service Center. Complaints can be submitted online at cityofpasadena.net/CSC or by phone at (626) 744-7311.
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