Is Halloween canceled? As parents and attractions gear up to celebrate, medical experts stress caution

Erin Jensen, USA Today

Will Americans ghost Halloween this year?

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health made headlines after it prohibited Halloween activities, like trick-or-treating, and later revised its guidelines to say celebrations are permitted but are not recommended.

Though some amusement parks and cities have modified their seasonal celebrations, LA County's short-lived ban appears to be the first attempt from a major municipality to pause trick-or-treating due to the pandemic. 

But as the Halloween season approaches, people across the country may be asking themselves "should we stay, or should we go?" In a year that's been terrifying in its own real-life ways, some parents want to let their kids celebrate while cities are hoping to continue with holiday traditions to boost residents' spirits. Yet medical experts caution that the threat of coronavirus still looms. At the end of August, members of Congress asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide direction on the safety of Halloween activities in a letter to director Dr. Robert R. Redfield. As of Sept. 14, the CDC has not yet released updated guidelines.