2020 Halloween Parade Canceled

The Borough of Carlisle has announced that this year’s Halloween Parade has been canceled given the impacts of COVID-19.

The Halloween Parade takes months of planning and coordination among various departments, agencies, and parade participants. Typically, planning begins very early in the summer with the coordination of floats, decorations, costumes, and logistics.

According to Borough Manager Susan Armstrong, “The Borough has continued to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions. 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 CV-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.”

According to Parks and Recreation Director, Andrea Crouse, “Although the annual Halloween Parade will not be held this year, Carlisle Parks and Recreation is planning Halloween themed programs such as Jack-O-Lantern carving and scarecrow decorating contests. In addition, a Halloween costume contest will be held on October 31. Please follow Carlisle Parks and Recreation’s Facebook page for information on these events as they develop.”

Currently, Trick-or-Treat Night in Carlisle Borough is scheduled for Thursday, October 29 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. but is subject to change pending any future COVID-19 directives or if deemed in the best interest of the health of the community.

During these challenging times, the Borough encourages its residents, and those who typically would participate in, or sponsor events, to donate or volunteer for a worthy cause within our community. The Carlisle United Way and Carlisle Area Emergency Relief Fund are just two resources within the Borough that can help coordinate tax-deductible donations or volunteer opportunities.

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