CARLISLE, Pa. — The 2020 Carlisle Halloween Parade has been cancelled due to COVID-19 safety concerns, the borough announced Thursday.
“The Borough has continued to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions," borough manager Susan Armstrong said in the announcement. "Without knowing exactly what restrictions will be in place by October, we made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event based on the current COVID-19 social distancing and crowd limitation measures. Not being able to ensure measures like social distancing by parade participants and spectators was key to our decision.”
As an alternative, Carlisle Parks and Recreation director Andrea Crouse said, her agency is planning Halloween-themed programs like Jack-o-Lantern carving and Scarecrow Decorating contests, along with a Halloween costume contest that will be held Oct. 31.
"Please follow Carlisle Parks and Recreation’s Facebook page for information on these events as they develop," Crouse said.
Carlisle's Trick-or-Treat Night, scheduled for 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 29, is still on at this time, the borough said. But that is subject to change pending any future COVID-19 directives or if it is deemed in the best interest of the community to cancel.