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If your family is skipping on trick-or-treating, here are 5 alternative ideas for Halloween.

USA TODAY

Ventura County public health officials to follow state guidelines, urge public to consider safer alternatives at home

As families begin to prepare for Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos celebrations, the state is strongly suggesting they not trick-or-treat or attend parties, but celebrate with their own households at home or virtually.

Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state’s Health and Human Services secretary, said he wants to see households get creative this holiday season and challenged families to find alternative ways to celebrate that don’t include hosting parties, gatherings or trick-or-treating, all of which could contribute to the spread of coronavirus.

“Some traditional Halloween celebrations such as parties and door-to-door trick-or-treating pose a high risk of spreading COVID-19 and are strongly discouraged,” Ghaly said during Tuesday’s press conference. “If a positive case is discovered, it