Borough Council Statement on Trick or Treat

Carlisle Borough Council issued the following statement regarding Trick or Treat Night effective 2021 and beyond:

Carlisle Borough Council wishes to clarify its position on Trick or Treat Night. On Wednesday, September 30 during the monthly Workshop Meeting, there was unanimous consent from members of Council to divest itself from scheduling future Trick or Treat nights. Specifically, starting in 2021, the Borough will no longer set times and dates for this activity but will prepare for families to Trick or Treat on the traditional October 31 date.  We will also no longer reschedule or suggest an alternate rain date as each family should determine whether they wish to participate or opt-out when inclement weather occurs.  

Starting in 2021Residents wishing to participate in Trick or Treat activities should plan to do so on October 31 between 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., which will provide our community a level of certainty of the date and time.  Moreover, it will ensure that the Borough has the appropriate public safety precautions in place including special fire police, police officers, and other safety resources. The Borough will also continue to provide health and safety guidelines and reference CDC guidelines for Halloween and future holiday events and celebrations as needed.

For 2020, as a reminder, Trick or Treat 2020 will take place on Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Carlisle Borough is taking registrations for our Halloween Costume Contest and Trunk or Treat event that will be held on October 31 at the Stuart Community Center. Participants may sign up for one of three time slots, which is limited to 40 participants.  Visit the Borough’s home page at and click on “Trunk or Treat” at the top of page.   A virtual Jack O'Lantern Carving Contest is also taking place this year.  Participants may submit photos of their work to the Parks and Recreation Department by October 23. The carvings will be voted on from October 26 through October 30. 

On behalf of the elected and appointed officials and all Borough employees, we wish everyone a happy, safe and healthy Halloween. 

Residents are strongly encouraged to review the CDC Guidelines for Halloween events and future holiday celebrations at:

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