For Immediate ReleaseOctober 26, 2020
California health officials strongly discourage traditional trick-or-treating
San Rafael, CA – As everyone prepares to celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos, the Marin County District Attorney's Office is encouraging the community to make this year’s festivities as safe as possible by planning lower-risk online, at-home and car-based activities.
To limit the spread of COVID-19, the state’s Department of Public Health released safety guidelines strongly discouraging traditional trick-or-treating and asks families to plan safer alternatives. These alternative celebrations include a candy scavenger hunt at home, online pumpkin carving and costume contests, and car-based tours of Halloween displays.
The health guidance also covers Día de los Muertos, a Mexican tradition celebrated in the Latinx community honoring the deceased. Día de los Muertos celebrations often include gatherings of extended family. Families are encouraged to place traditional indoor alters outside so others can view them from a safe distance and create virtual altars online.
Marin County Public Health shared its own guidelines and ideas for safe celebrations.
“Unfortunately, Halloween is going to be celebrated a bit differently than it has in the past,” District Attorney Lori E. Frugoli said. “While skipping traditional trick-or-treating and indoor celebrations is recommended, please be safe if you are out and mindful of others who may drive by to look at decorations. Please remember to be cautious while driving in areas where children might be playing.”
It is important to keep traffic safety in mind and designate a non-drinking driver before going somewhere to drink.
Marin County District Attorney's Office offers these tips for drivers and those who are out walking:
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Lori FrugoliDistrict AttorneyCounty of Marin
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