Halloween to be Celebrated Differently Amid Pandemic

With Halloween approaching and hundreds of new COVID cases reported in the Bay Area Thursday, health officials in San Francisco don’t want people to gather, especially in the Castro where there is traditionally a party.

On Halloween night the neighborhood is usually a hotspot, but city leaders are telling people not to gather due to COVID-19.

“We are asking people to stay home,” said San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman. “If you want to come down during the day, eat at a restaurant, do some shopping, that’s fine as long as we don’t see crowds building.”

Locals agreed.

“This year with COVID and everything, of course it makes sense not to have the big party,” said one local, dressed as a devil.

In Martinez, the Page family normally throws a big family Halloween party, but because of the pandemic the party is off and instead they are welcoming the public to walk through their Halloween Haunt, one family at a time.

“Everyone’s been socially distanced wearing masks and really happy to bring their kids, kids come back nightly it’s really fun,” said host Shannon Page.

For those who’d rather not walk through a Haunted House, the Brentwood Auto Spa is offering another alternative. While by day it’s a car wash, after 5 p.m., the place transforms into a spooky scene — a drive thru haunted house.

“Nobody gets close to you and you’re driving in so you’re inside and in safety because it’s you’re own vehicle you’re in,” said Elvia Cardenas from Brentwood Auto Spa. “We get families coming three times a night because they love it.”

Many parents say they will opting to sit out this year, and will be spending Halloween at home.

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