The Halloween Parade on Main Street in Cooperstown will not be held again this year.

“This was a difficult decision,” said Tara Burke, executive director of the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, in a media release. “We know the parade is a beloved local tradition, and we certainly enjoy providing it and celebrating with the community each year.”

COVID-19 concerns were cited as the reason.

“However, foremost in our minds was being cautious about the safety of the primarily young children who attend this event and are not yet able to be vaccinated,” Burke said. “The parade brings in many families from different locations locally and regionally, and of greatest concern are the points of crowding typically involved. Gathering is common especially at the beginning of the parade, and at the end when families line up along Chestnut Street and congregate around the tent set up in front of our cottage for cider and treats. We did not want to take any chances.’

She said there are “many other fantastic offerings from our local businesses and organizations that are lower risk, and that young children can enjoy more safely in celebrating Halloween this year. We are eager to help promote those opportunities.”

Halloween season festivities for families in Cooperstown will include an outdoor Halloween-themed movie and children’s activity with the Village Library of Cooperstown and the Cooperstown Police Department, the Cooperstown Art Association’s annual Pumpkin Glow, Trunk-or-Treat at the Railroad Inn, Day of the Dead Celebration at the Village Library with the Cooperstown Graduate Program, and trick-or-treating throughout the village.

For more information about local Halloween events, visit the Cooperstown Chamber’s online event calendar at www.wearecooperstown.com, or email office@cooperstownchamber.org and ask for the Cooperstown Chamber’s Halloween Guide.

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