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Buena Park Neighbors Plan Socially Distanced Trick-Or-Treating For Halloween

Volunteers will enforce mask-wearing and make sure trick-or-treat traffic moves in one direction.

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BUENA PARK — Buena Park residents are making sure local kids have a safe way to trick-or-treat this Halloween.

The Buena Park Neighbors group will host “safe trick-or-treating” 5-8 p.m. Saturday along Kenmore Avenue between Irving Park Road and Montrose Avenue.

Trick-or-treating traffic will be one way on either side of Kenmore, according to the neighbors group. Volunteers will be out to mandate mask wearing and encourage social distancing, in accordance with city health rules to keep parents, kids and volunteers safe.

Neighbors will also hold a contest for the best decorated house on Kenmore Avenue.

Those who would like to volunteer for the event can fill out a form by clicking here.

The city is hosting a series of events and giveaways for an entire week leading up to the holiday, which they’ve dubbed Halloweek.

More guidelines from city officials for safely celebrating the holiday:

  • Everyone, including people giving out candy, must wear a face covering. Costume masks don’t count.
  • If you plan to give out candy, leave a light on or put up a sign in your window indicating your home is participating in safe trick-or-treating.
  • Maintain social distancing and have hand sanitizer available. 
  • Keep it moving. Don’t congregate in front of one stoop or on the sidewalk.
  • Make sure kids only eat candy after washing their hands when they get home.
  • No in-person haunted houses, which health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady described as “truly spooky” due to their potential germ-spreading.
  • Keep your trick-or-treating crew to six people or fewer. Sticking to members of your household or quarantine “bubble” is recommended.
  • No house parties. “We are more worried about adults indoors than children outdoors trick or treating,” Arwady said.

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