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What Halloween In Southern California Looks Like During A Global Pandemic




Children trick-or-treat on Halloween outside the house of Chris Hessler October 31, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia.
Children trick-or-treat on Halloween outside the house of Chris Hessler October 31, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia.
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As is the case with most of the major holidays this year, Halloween is going to look a lot different due to the coronavirus pandemic. Here in Southern California, public health officials have released guidelines for celebrating Halloween and are advising against trick-or-treating, a walk-back from the initial stance they took last month when they initially banned it outright. And while major events like Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights and Knott’s Scary Farm have been cancelled for 2020, there are still plenty of neighborhoods across the region where you can find spooky yard displays and drive-thru events to help scratch that Halloween itch, even in the era of COVID-19.

Today on AirTalk, we’ll check in Chava to find out more about how Southern Californians are celebrating Halloween this year, the best and most creative drive-thrus and yard displays he saw, and what local parents and kids are saying about how they’re approaching Halloween this year. But we also want to hear from you -- how are you celebrating Halloween this year? What creative ways are you finding to safely take your kids trick-or-treating and/or distribute candy to kids in your neighborhood? What’s the best drive-thru/lawn display you’ve seen in your area? Join the live conversation by calling 866-893-5722

With files from LAist. To read Chava’s story and see photos and videos from some of the local haunts and yard displays he saw, click here.

Guest:

Chava Sanchez, KPCC/LAist visual journalist; his latest piece is “Not Even 2020 Could Kill Halloween”