When looking for the best places to trick-or-treat in Los Angeles, there are options all throughout the city. Like picking a pumpkin, choosing the best neighborhood where kids (and let’s be honest, parents) can score the best Halloween candy is a crucial aspect to nailing the holiday. There are plenty of options: Stroll through the posh streets of Brentwood, head over the hill to old-school Toluca Lake and or hit Venice Beach for seaside trick or treating—gondola rides included. Dress up in your best Halloween costumes and hit the streets. And if you’re looking for something to do after you’ve put the kids to bed, L.A. has some of the best Halloween parties around!
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But first, here’s what you need to know about trick-or-treating this year: The L.A. County Department of Public Health has posted some safety guidelines. After banning it in 2020, trick-or-treating has been given a green light for 2021, though Public Health recommends avoiding indoor spaces, keeping your group small and maintaining distance from other ones, steering clear of crowded streets, sanitizing your hands and wearing a mask (not a costume mask, but a real one) in busy environments. To be clear, these are all recommendations and not requirements. Also, keep in mind that while we historically stand by all of the picks below, individual homeowners may or may not choose to partake in trick-or-treating festivities this year.