Several weeks ago I took heat from some of you for a piece I wrote suggesting that the COVID cops would be gunning for Halloween and trick or treating. It is happening just as I said it would.

Local health officials in Los Angeles County have declared that some traditional Halloween activities, including trick or treating, will not be allowed this year due to the pandemic. Shocked? Not me. These grinches want to make life as miserable as possible for everyone, including the kiddos.

"Door to door trick or treating is not allowed because it can be very difficult to maintain proper social distancing on porches and at front doors especially in neighborhoods that are popular with trick or treaters," health officials said in a news release.

And they are not just targeting kids.

"For adults, Halloween gatherings or parties with non-household members are banned – even when they are held outdoors," the release continued.

Bah, humbug!

What's next? Quarantining Santa's reindeer?

Fox News reports health officials have offered some alternatives. "They include online costume or pumpkin carving, dressing up homes and yards with Halloween-themed decorations, as well as, car parades that "comply with public health guidance."

Sounds like a barrel of fun – NOT!

There has been no mention of banning trick or treating by the Baker or Mitchell administrations as yet. But if there is, I vow to keep my porch light lit as a signal to all Americans that I recognize your right as citizens to move about freely without government intervention.

How absurd is it that protesters can protest, and shoppers can shop, yet we are supposed to believe that going to church or school and trick or treating could bring about our demise as a species? The American people are not stupid. They will fight back on this one. Watch.

Porch lights on, America!

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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