Fright night in Southern California: Halloween photos during a pandemic

Liz Johnson gets a closer look at Halloween decorations at the entrance to a home on Crescenda Street in Brentwood.
Liz Johnson of West L.A. gets a closer look at Halloween decorations at the entrance to a home on Crescenda Street in Brentwood.
(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
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It should be time to dress up and collect candy, but not in 2020. Eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic, though, Los Angeles is doing its best to get into the All Hallows’ spirit.

In neighborhoods throughout the Southland, elaborate decorations and drive-through celebrations are keeping Halloween alive. Take a look.

VENTURA, CA
Witches paddle board in the Ventura Habor. This is the second annual ride of the Ventura Harbor Witches.
(Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times)
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Brentwood

A pedestrian walks past a home with a ghostly entrance on 25th Street in Brentwood.
A pedestrian walks past a home with a ghostly entrance on 25th Street in Brentwood.
(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
The Brentwood home features a scary "Alice in Wonderland" scene.
(Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)

Carbon Canyon

A skeleton perched on a bench encourages motorists to slow down near the Sleepy Hollow community on Carbon Canyon Road
A skeleton perched on a bench encourages motorists to slow down near the Sleepy Hollow community on Carbon Canyon Road in Orange County.
(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Watts

Rakeem Addison, right, strikes a pose with Aadori Jackson, 4, at Nickerson Gardens in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Aadori Jackson, 4, strikes a pose with Black Panther (Rakeem Addison) at Nickerson Gardens in Watts. Addison, director of the DJ Rara Foundation, dressed up to pass out candy.
(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Monterey Park

Soap bubbles and Halloween decorations greet visitors at Bruggemeyer Library during the Monterey Park Candy Caravan.
Soap bubbles and Halloween decorations greet visitors at Bruggemeyer Library during the Monterey Park Candy Caravan. The drive-through trick-or-treat was held at five locations throughout the city.
(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

Woodland Hills

A costumed youngster rides in a car through a pumpkin tunnel at the drive-through Hauntoween LA in Woodland Hills.
A costumed youngster enjoys the ride during the drive-through Hauntoween LA experience in Woodland Hills.
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Dancing skeletons at the drive-through Hauntoween LA in Woodland Hills.
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Reseda

A pedestrian makes her way past a decorated home on Victory Boulevard in Reseda.
A pedestrian makes her way past a decorated home on Victory Boulevard in Reseda.
(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

Redondo Beach

Boats and silhouettes of dozens of witches on stand-up paddle boards make their way across King Harbor in Redondo Beach.
Boats and silhouettes of dozens of witches on stand-up paddle boards make their way across King Harbor in Redondo Beach, CA, taking part in a Halloween float, sparked by a Facebook group titled, “Witches SUPers of South Bay Paddle,” Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020.
(Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

West Hollywood

A man argues with sheriffs Saturday night, October 31, 2020 in West Hollywood.
A man argues with sheriffs Saturday night, October 31, 2020 in West Hollywood. The annual West Hollywood Carnaval on Halloween was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
(Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times)