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City of Traverse City Halloween Recommendation

by Colleen Paveglio
Friday, October 9, 2020

October 9, 2020 - The City of Traverse City considers the health and safety of our residents and visitors a top priority. To reduce transmission of COVID-19, the City is recommending the following, consistent with guidelines from the CDC relating to Halloween Trick or Treating activities:

To not encourage or engage in door-to-door trick or treating, having 'trunk or treat events,' hosting Halloween gatherings, having Halloween gatherings, events or parties with non-household members, even if conducted outdoors.

“The City would like to approach Halloween with an abundance of caution, while also recognizing that the community has created a long-time fun, exciting tradition of festivities surrounding Halloween.  We are encouraging families to creatively provide a unique experience within their households,” says Benjamin Marentette, City Clerk. 

Alternative options for Halloween festivities may include: online costume or pumpkin carving parties, car parades where you dress up and/or your car is decorated; Halloween movie night, Halloween themed meals with family members, dressing up/decorating your home, pumpkin picking and patch farms.

The City of Traverse City is following the CDC guidelines for Halloween, but does not have the authority to restrict activities. For the full CDC recommendation visit:

Additional advise and guidance may be forthcoming.