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From birthdays to graduations to family celebrations, everything has been different this year. 

With the ongoing coronavirus crisis, we've had to limit gatherings with others outside our households, stay home as possible and find creative, low-risk ways to celebrate this year's milestones.

And while we all wish we were done with this, the coronavirus remains with us and will be around through the holidays

First up is Halloween and Día de los Muertos.

The state has issued guidelines and recommendations for ways to have a safe and responsible celebration this year. 

The guidelines discourage traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating and encourage backyard candy hunts, special Halloween meals and walking around your neighborhood in costume (but not trick-or-treating).

While it gives us no joy to do so, we must share the state guidelines and say traditional trick-or-treating is discouraged in Anaheim this year.

But we know some families may still do so. If you do, we join with California in urging you to consider what’s called one-way trick-or-treating.

That's where kids and families might go to a handful of known neighborhood homes where they have set out prepackaged individual goodie bags, with all precautions taken, including no contact, social distancing, face masks in addition to costumes and hand and surface sanitizing.

We all need to avoid large gatherings with hundreds of people on the streets and going door to door. But we hope you and your family can find a smaller way to celebrate that works for you.

Risk

The state has also laid out best practices for small, private gatherings.

The summary? Wear a mask, limit gatherings (no more than three households) and celebrate virtually whenever possible. 

We could see more guidelines to come out as we near Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year's Eve. We'll provide more details as we get them here.

Thank you for doing your part to keep Anaheim healthy!

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