Halloween Fun Fest Canceled, Future Of Trick-Or-Treating Unsettled

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JAMESTOWN – Jamestown’s population of ghouls, ghosts, superheroes and princesses will be disappointed this Halloween as the city is cancelling the annual Halloween Fun Fest.

Leaders say with the addition of COVID-19 making large gatherings difficult, and a large financial strain on the municipality from lost revenue, the city will not be holding a Halloween Fun Fest.

Regardless of financial strains, Jamestown Recreation Director Julia Ciesla-Hanley says holding the gathering would be difficult to do in the face of COVID-19 safety measures.

“We average about 1,800 children and parents who would have come through the doors at the Allen Park Ice Rink,” she told WNYNewsNow.

As for public door-to-door trick or treating, Ciesla-Hanley said that is coordinated with the Jamestown Police Department and it is just too early to say what will be done.

She said the state could even make a directive regarding trick or treating.

“We need more time to see what’s happening,” she said.

Ciesla-Hanley says city administrators are disappointed but had to face the choices they had.

“There’s disappointment sure, but understanding we’re looking at a it where we’re trying to avoid staff layoffs,” she said.


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