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Los Angeles County, one of the largest counties in the United States, just banned a major part of Halloween this year.

The ban is part of the county’s health and safety efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Trick or treating has officially been banned this Halloween in Los Angeles. L.A. County is one of the largest in the U.S. with over 10 million residents. As of Tuesday, the county has reported 249,241 positive coronavirus cases and 6,036 deaths. The county remains in the first tier of California’s four-tiered reopening system.

L.A. County health officials say that trick or treating on the streets and “trunk or treating” from parked cars are prohibited this year. This means that citizens will not be able to travel door-to-door to rack up stashes of candy from their neighbors.

Along with trick or treating, the county has banned other Halloween-related events this year. According to a press release, “carnivals, festivals, live entertainment and haunted house attractions are not allowed.”

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L.A. county suggests that its citizens can take part in virtual Halloween celebrations from the safety of their homes. This includes costume and pumpkin carving contests. Also, citizens can take part in drive-in Halloween movie nights and meals at outdoor restaurants.

In fact, Los Angeles has quite a few drive-thru experiences happening in October. Freeform‘s 2020 31 Nights of Halloween celebration includes an immersive drive-thru event. Freeform plans to take fans on a journey through some of the most nostalgic Halloween films including Ghostbusters, Hocus Pocus and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

The drive-thru event includes themed surprises, interactive experiences and live entertainment that guests can enjoy from the safety of their own vehicles. The free experience will take place at Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles and is open to the public from Friday, Oct. 2, through Sunday, Oct. 4. Head here for more information regarding reservations and the drive-thru experience.

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As well, Stranger Things fans can also drive right into the Upside Down next month. The Netflix series is recreating some of its most iconic sets and is inviting superfans to take part in an interactive experience. Called the Stranger Things: The Drive-Into Experience, the event brings the Netflix series to life with an hour-long experience that transports visitors back to Hawkins in 1985.

The entire adventure takes place from the safety of your own car. During the excursion, you’ll visit the Starcourt Mall, the Russian labs and, yes, even the Upside Down. Visitors will stop at each location for an extended period of time to take in the scenery and perhaps watch a few different scenes play out.

More information on the Stranger Things interactive event is available here.

L.A. County’s press release on the Halloween 2020 bans is available here.

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