Halloween Carnaval, one of the City of West Hollywood’s most popular annual events, isn’t happening this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However the city’s Recreation Services Division will host its annual youth Halloween event reimagined with health and safety protocols as a “Trunk or Treat Drive Thru” on Oct. 24.
The event will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. in the north parking lot of Plummer Park, located at the corner of Fountain Avenue and North Vista Street (for GPS: 1200 N. Vista Street).
Those attending “will experience the sights and sounds of all things Halloween and enjoy a fun and safe way to trick-or-treat in the car while maintaining safe social distancing,” says an announcement of the event.. “There will be cars decorated in various Halloween themes parked along the perimeter of the parking lot for viewing pleasure as participants drive through at their registered time. Children will enjoy seeing a pumpkin patch, listening to Halloween music provided by a spooky West Hollywood DJ, and will take home craft activity kits and swag items, prizes, candy, and more.”
Those who want to attend the event must visit West Hollywood Recreation Online to register and select a time slot. A dashboard pass will be provided to registered participants during event check-in. In accordance with safety protocols, face coverings are required during this activity along with appropriate physical distancing. People must remain in their vehicles during the “Trunk or Treat Drive Thru” event. This is a free event for all ages; time slot openings are limited, so early registration is recommended.
The event follows a series of COVID-19 health and safety measures in compliance with health officer orders and protocols established by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health including:
- It will be strictly a drive-by event where individuals dress up or decorate their vehicles and drive by “judges” who are appropriately physically distanced.
- Individuals can receive a treat bag (limited to commercially packaged non-perishable treats) or take-away item from the organizer while participants remain in their vehicles.
- The event has been set up with a limited maximum occupancy 50 cars per time slot in order to ensure adequate social (physical) distancing, and face coverings are required.