2:03 PM PT -- Good news for people that wanna test their luck and go door-to-door for candy this year in L.A. County -- if you choose to do so, you ain't gonna get busted ... legally speaking.
L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Wednesday that his department would NOT be issuing tickets this year to folks who are out and about trying to trick or treat -- this just a day after the county's health department said it would be prohibited amid the pandemic.
It's not immediately clear why Villanueva decided to not even try laying down the law come Oct. 31 -- possibly more trouble than it's worth? -- but at any rate ... here's hoping people listen to the pros and stay off the streets. And to anyone with a stash at the crib, feel free to snub anyone coming to the door ... you don't have to feel bad about it this time!
There ain't gonna be any tricks or treats for Halloween this year -- at least not door-to-door in Los Angeles -- because it's now banned due to coronavirus.
L.A. County health officials made it official, saying trick or treating on the streets is prohibited -- and ditto for "trunk or treating" from parked cars too, which is a thing, apparently. Also nixed ... house parties and live entertainment attractions (like haunted houses).
So, here's what's left for folks to do, legally ... online get-togethers, costume contests, pumpkin-carving parties and drive-by events, movie events -- all of which should be from a distance and only done with immediate members of your household. So, basically ... none of the fun stuff.
It was just a matter of time before this call was made, and not really a shock ... considering house parties are still banned in the city. Having a bunch of people flocking together and pounding the pavement for candy wouldn't fall in line with Mayor Garcetti's anti-COVID policies.
That said, it'll be interesting to see how many folks actually get dressed this year ... assuming these new guidelines are followed to a T (ya know they won't be).
As we reported ... Halloween costume sales actually haven't taken that big of a hit this year ahead of what might be the most celebrated holiday here in the States. We spoke to different costume retailers, and they said that the sales have evened out almost back to normal since the Spring.