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Los Angeles Halloween Town

Story X Illustration by Kaelen Felix 

Not the year we hoped for – COVID-19 virus; stay-at-home mandate order to working remotely. Some did not have the option to work from home, and as a result, millions have lost their jobs. Many months have flown by since everyone had to shelter in place by the policy that was enacted. Fast forward from March to October, and while we are nine months into this, it feels as if there is no end in sight. Summer is behind us, and with Fall here, Halloween is so different from any year we have experienced to date. Everything in 2020 has been turned upside down, and the world is at a stand-still.

The Walt Disney Company announced the layoffs of 28,000 total with 10,000 affecting the Disneyland resorts, parks, hotels, and stores in Anaheim, CA. The coronavirus and the pandemic have hit L.A. hard, and these layoffs are effective this coming Sunday. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) has provided guidance on gatherings suggesting no more than ten people per group.

The virus continues to wreak havoc with our favorite holiday, Halloween! Why does this continue to happen? The CDC suggests that younger age group are not obeying the CDC suggestions to prevent further spreading. Halloween should be a free-spirited holiday for children and adults to play dress-up and to trick-or-treat. By restricting live entertainment and gatherings this Halloween, those feeling down or depressed may be further affected. So, how does this impact Halloween and what are the measures taken to make this year a success? And also, help with our health and well-being? The spirit of Halloween is all about expressing oneself through a costume, and of course who doesn’t want a bunch of candy by night’s end? Many places across the United States are working on solutions to abide to the social-distancing instructions.

In the Midwest where cases continually rise though some have found a different outlet to make Halloween extra creative. Minnesota, a friendly neighborhood family from the Woodbury area used a plastic piping to slide candy down safely to with physical contact. That way the children are not in close contact with the family members, and it is a safer method for the children. According to the 5 ABC Eye Witness News, the Humphries in the Woodbury family explain their thought process on this as, “Halloween is about being outside, dressing up and doing something different.” The Humphries also mentioned, “It’s important children still have those opportunities.”

In Chicago, many are taking the social-distancing measures very seriously, because they want to see children come out and enjoy a safe Halloween. A source from Block Club Chicago says, “One Chicago neighborhood will hold a contest on the best decorated house on Kenmore Avenue.” While that’s one example of how social distance will be handled, because people can ride around in their cars and vote accordingly. Meanwhile, another part of this adds, “The city is hosting a series of event giveaways for an entire week leading up to the holiday, which they’ve dubbed “Halloweek.”  Such a fun way to put on a show in the city suburb of Chicago. Another area in Albuquerque, New Mexico have routed together a bus with ten zombies on what they call an “Art” bus to keep social-distancing measures in order and to scare passengers as they board the bus. From a local news KRQE, “The city of Albuquerque announced this Friday that two art buses would feature 10 “zombies” in the seats usually taped off social distancing purposes.” Another creative method taken into action to keep the Halloween tradition and spirit alive.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health suggests that people comply with the personal protection measures, such as wearing a cloth-faced masks, keeping the six feet social distancing measures and most importantly, continually to wash hands often and use hand sanitizer if need be. Some of the best options to celebrate Halloween include doing virtual costume contests, car parades or trick-or-treating in a safe manner. Set up a table outside with candy in separate plastic bags and provide hand sanitizer as well. Forbes suggests if you have children there are some options for children’s interest in Halloween movies. Some of these examples include, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline, Coco, Monster House, Beetle Juice and Corpse Bride and more.

While we are still in this pandemic; we should applaud our essential front line responders for their diligent efforts. They work tirelessly to save many lives and they should be honored as our true heroes. Let us do our part to ensure we all have a fun and a safe Halloween this year even though this was not the year we wanted, at least we are close to 2021.

Happy Halloween everyone!

GGG Does It Again

By: Rana Salloom and Maria Campos 

As the sun set over the horizon in Southern California, the energy at the StubHub Center was enveloped by excitement as fans chanted, “Triple GGG, Triple GGG.” This sensational boxer is the middleweight Champion of the World and tonight’s fight against Martirosyan is a continuation of all his hard work. Despite the cancelation of his scheduled fight against Canelo Alvarez, that was set for Cinco de Mayo. Being the peoples champ, his team and The Chivas Fight Club, decided to set an unprecedented fight against Martirosyan to give his fans the fight they deserve. This fight was not only for his fans, but also a champaign to inspire individuals to have a fighting spirit.

Attendees were treated to an aged-whiskey tasting at the Tunnel Club hosted by The Chivas Fight Club. After the VIP pre-party, attendees congregated over to the stadium where the boxing tournament was being held. The crowd waited in anticipation as the women’s tournament ended and the officials set up for the main event, Triple GGG vs Martirosyan. Fans cheered as the announcers spoke over the loud speaker and introduced the fighters onto the stage. Martirosyan walked into the ring first as Triple GGG followed.

The action began, as Triple GGG gave his opponent, Martirosyan, jabs to the upper and lower body. The audience was in awe as Martirosyan responded with a right-left hook. This did little to nothing to Triple GGG as he responded by hitting his opponents midsection. This weakened Martirosyan as he moved along the ring. After a few more hits to and from the upper and lower body Triple GGG went for the jugular and knocked out Martirosyan in the second round.

Fans chanted with joy as the middleweight Champion of the World retrieved to his throne and proved once again why he is a force to be reckoned with.

 

Photography: Getty Images-Charley Gallay 

Daymaker

About Daymaker.  Daymaker is an online giving platform that was founded on the belief that kids who give become adults who give. The technology is designed to make philanthropic giving easy, real and relatable so little kids can understand the big difference they can make. Daymaker launched in Los Angeles in 2015 and has since expanded to working with nonprofit partners in other major cities such as Atlanta, Charlotte, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Houston. Learn more at www.daymaker.com.

November 21, 2017, New York, NY Daymaker.com, an online giving platform whose mission is to help parents share the good of giving with their children, announces the launch of its 2017 holiday initiative. Daymaker’s goal this holiday season is to help tens of thousands of  children across the United States, including those affected by the most recent U.S. natural disasters. Daymaker’s holiday initiative is a completely online “click-to-give” experience that allows donors from around the world to preview profiles of children in need and purchase gifts in time for the holidays. Daymaker concluded its 2016 holiday season with over 2,500 donors from all 50 states and nine countries purchasing gifts for 5,000 children around the United States.

How It Works. Daymaker works closely with local chapters of high-impact nonprofit organizations such as New York City Housing Authority, Boys and Girls Club and Salvation Army that understand the unique needs of children in their communities. During the holiday season, donors can visit Daymaker’s site and read about the tens of thousands of children who are being served by Daymaker’s nonprofit partners. With just a few clicks, donors can choose who they would like to help and purchase items from personalized wish lists. Items are trackable every step of the way until they are delivered to each child in time for the holidays.

Corporate Partners. This year, Daymaker will broaden its ability to help children in need by also making the platform available for corporate giving programs. Daymaker has already formed partnerships with over 35 companies in Technology, Banking, Consulting and Telecom, among other sectors. Companies such as Ally, GoDaddy, WeWork, Boxed, NTT DATA Services, and Crown Castle have all signed on to use Daymaker as one of their 2017 holiday giving platforms.Daymaker co-founder and CEO Thomas Doochin says, “Our corporate partners are the backbone to our gift-giving philanthropic expansion, and we are honored to have such reputable companies on board.”