The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health would like to share information on how to take part in this holiday in a manner that reduces the risk of spreading COVID-19. Since some of the traditional ways in which this holiday is celebrated are not permitted this year, consider some safer alternatives that are listed below.
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.
- Three Springs Park and it's parking lot will be closed all day on October 31st, 2020.
- 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.
- Halloween themed meals at outdoor restaurants.
- Halloween themed art installations at an outdoor museum.
- Dressing up homes and yards with Halloween themed decorations.
For more information, and to view the official guidelines please visit the LA County Public Health website at www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.
A note about halloween in three springs
While many in Westlake Village embrace Halloween, it's hard to dispute that Halloween in Three Springs takes on a life of it's own. However, it's critically important that we remember that this year, things are different. The City has partnered with the Lost Hills Sheriff's Station and taken steps to deter crowds from forming throughout town, but especially in Three Springs. Whether you live in Westlake Village or have traditionally traveled into town to enjoy Halloween, please note the following measures that are different this year:
- Three Springs Park and it's parking lot will be closed all day on October 31, 2020.
- In order to assist in compliance with the Public Health Officer Orders on gatherings, no vehicles or pedestrians will be allowed in the park.
- Road closures will not be permitted in the neighborhood; cones and barricades will not be available.
- Portable restrooms, temporary light stanchions, and trash cans will not be available.
- Temporary traffic message boards will be deployed near Three Springs and throughout the City to inform people that large gatherings are prohibited, and that trick-or-treating is not recommended.
- Additional Sheriff's Deputies will be patrolling not only Three Springs, but all of Westlake Village to ensure everyone's safety. The Sheriff's horse mounted unit will not be in the City this year. Large gatherings, haunted houses, and other prohibited activities outlined in the Public Health Officer Order will be enforced. Property owners hosting/allowing large parties will be asked to end them.
The City will continue to communicate the message that Halloween will be different this year and we hope that the Westlake Village community will come together, just as they’ve done throughout this pandemic, to enjoy the holiday in a safe and respectful manner.
Many of the traditional ways we celebrate Halloween can be high-risk for spreading viruses. But! There are still plenty of ways to celebrate this fall festive holiday while preventing the spread of COVID-19. Here are several safer, low risk alternative ways to participate this year!
- Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them
- Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends
- Decorating your house, apartment, or living space
- Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance
- Having a virtual Halloween costume contest
- Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with
- Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house