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What’s in store for Halloween this year?

Henry and June Wilner dress up as Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx for Halloween 2020.


October has arrived and the discussion surrounding Halloween has begun.  What are the rules? Is trick or treating back on? How do I keep my kids safe? 

With a multitude of opinions and some fear, it’s hard to know the best way forward. In regards to trick or treating,” if you’re able to be outdoors, absolutely,” said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky. She also suggested skipping larger Halloween parties and staying away from crowds. So far, apart from her comments, there is little information about regulations from our city officials. So I would plan on seeing our little trick or treaters out and about this year.

But I’m also sticking to “school rules” for my kids. We’ll stay outdoors, wear a mask and keep some distance between ourselves and others. We’ll plan on placing a bowl of candy near our entry, but sitting on the porch about 6 feet away to enjoy costumes and some camaraderie. If you’d like to surprise your neighbors while keeping plenty of distance, consider making a “candy chute” out of PVC piping.


The Schwalm Family makes a splash with a large candy chute.


Looking for an alternative to handing out candy? Jeni’s Ice Cream is selling “Cone Coins” (20 coins/cones for $35) for you to hand out to very lucky recipients. 


Jeni’s Ice Cream is offering bundles of Cone Coins to pass out for Halloween.


For those who aren’t interested in opening doors to trick or treaters, a little Halloween decor is always appreciated! Feel free to get creative and block your entrance with spider webs or caution tape. If you want to skip trick or treating with your kids this year, I would recommend a good old fashioned game of “hide and eek” (a play on an Easter egg hunt). It was a huge hit with my kids last year.


Neighborhood children search for candy filled pumpkins to enjoy.


There are also many Halloween themed events happening around Los Angeles. More to come on this from Buzz contributor Julia Christiansen and her weekly events column! 

Of course, the pandemic isn’t over yet, and conditions and recommendations can and do change quickly…so stay tuned for updated recommendations from the LA County Health Department and the City of LA over the next few weeks before the holiday.


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Anne Wilner
Anne Wilner
Anne Wilner is an event planner who lives with her family in Larchmont Village. Anne has more than fifteen years of experience in event production and management, hospitality and catering. From the moment she saw “Franck Eggelhoffer” in Father of the Bride at the age of 7, she decided she was going to be an event planner and never looked back.

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