This year, health officials are hoping people will stay vigilant as this is the first big test of the holiday season.
At the Spirit Halloween store in Concord, Rider Robinson and his sister Amaya were delighted to have gotten their costumes. They will be able to go trick or treat this year.
They will both wear their cloth masks under their costume masks – just to be on the safe side.
Ditto for Otis Davis and his whole family.
“It’s better this year because you know, not too much of a risk with the pandemic at its highest last year, so we feel a little more confident,” the Concord resident said.
But he’s cautiously confident and plans to limit the number of people his family comes in contact with on Halloween, and even during Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Last year, Governor Gavin Newsom and state health officials said Halloween gatherings were likely the cause of a wave of infections in the state. Now health officials say people should feel safer, but they should still be careful.
“With the vaccinations, we can now participate in some of these gatherings that we cherish every year,” said Marin County spokesperson Laine Hendricks. “But with that, we always want to warn that not everyone is vaccinated. “
The county adds that there are many vaccines available for anyone who wants them and people are encouraged to get their booster before the holidays.
And with so many looking to get a bit back to normal this year, there are some key Halloween items that are selling.
“There are no more candies in the store. I went to Target the other day and there is almost nothing left, ”said Krystal Nguyen, a Concord resident.
One of the largest costume retailers is also warning customers that online orders may be delayed due to high demand.