2020 Halloween

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Celebrate Different.

Alameda is an amazing place to be on Halloween. As we enter the holiday season, it usually means gatherings with friends and family, but this year, we have to celebrate different. For months, we have been making sacrifices to ensure we don't spread coronavirus to our family, loved ones, friends, and community. The City strongly discourages trick-or-treating and parties based on County and State guidelines. These high risk activities will spread COVID-19.

We have heard from some neighborhoods that they are planning to minimize decorations and other attractions that draw crowds. In neighborhoods with large numbers of young children, residents are planning physically distanced costume parades for kids on Halloween morning. And on Halloween night, we know many of you are planning to turn lights off by 5pm and not participate in trick-or-treat activities.

The City's Recreation and Parks Department created a Series of Unfortunate Halloween Events! Starting Tuesday, October 27, there will be 4 showcases where you can share your favorite Halloween recipe, dress up your pet, send in a photo of you or your family wearing your costumes, and show off your pumpkin carving skills. Then on Halloween night, participate in a family trivia night featuring Disney's heroes and villains!

Don't miss the 7th annual Alameda-Haunt Your House -- FunAmeda's 3-night citywide house, window, or car decorating contest in support of the Alameda Food Bank. Alameda residents enter the contest, decorate their homes, cars, or front windows for Halloween, win fabulous prizes, and help our neighbors in need at the start of the holiday season. Can't enter the contest this year? You can still join in the fun. A map to all the entries will be made available at FunAmeda.com starting at noon on October 28. Then on Halloween night, the Boo Crew will deliver all kinds of trophies, tricks, and treats to all the 2020 Alameda-Haunt Your House! winners.

On Halloween night, head virtually to the Rhythmix Halloween MashUP on Zoom, a virtual costume-dance party with live music and bingo with spooktacular prizes & gift certificates in support of local businesses for the Best Bone-Chilling Costume and bingo winners.

STATE GUIDANCE: Parties and in-person, door to door trick-or-treating pose a high risk of spreading COVID-19 and could put your family and loved ones at risk. Instead, plan lower-risk celebrations, like:

  • Online parties for costume contests or pumpkin carving
  • Activities from your car like drive-through Halloween displays or drive-in movies
  • Fun at home with scary movies, a candy scavenger hunt, or turning your home into a haunted house
  • Put on those costumes and go on a physically distanced walk with your household
  • Decorate your home or yard with decorations

COUNTY GUIDANCE: Halloween gatherings, celebrations, events, or parties with non-household members are not permitted unless they are conducted in compliance with local and State Health Orders. Trick-or-treating and parties carry a high risk for spreading COVID-19.

Additional Resources:

Mayor Town Hall
Mayor Newspaper Article
County Guidelines
State Guidelines