York Halloween Parade is latest to cancel this year

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch

The 2020 York Halloween Parade has been canceled, event organizers announced Wednesday.

The annual parade, organized by Eventive, the event planning and production division of the York Revolution baseball team, was canceled because of ongoing concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a news release.

"A Tribute to 7 Decades" York Halloween Parade, Sunday, October 27, 2019.
John A. Pavoncello photo

"We have — as always — put the safety of our fellow Yorkers and parade participants first and foremost and decided that, in an abundance of caution, the smartest thing is to announce this cancellation now," said York Revolution President Eric Menzer in the release.

Menzer added that the York Revolution has hopes of bringing back the York Halloween Parade in 2021.

The parade — which has been running for 71 years, according to the Eventive website — is just the latest event to be affected by the pandemic.

Union Fire and Hose Co. announced last week that the annual Dover Halloween Parade has been canceled because of COVID-19 concerns.

“This was not an easy decision, but due to the current conditions and restrictions surrounding COVID-19, there's no way to safely ensure the safety and wellness of the community we serve,” the fire company said in a Facebook post.

The Hanover Area Jaycees announced last month the Hanover Halloween parade has been canceled.

The parade set for Oct. 18 for East Manchester Township, Manchester and Mount Wolf also has been canceled, according to the Northeastern Regional Police website. 

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.

— Staff writer Ron Musselman contributed to this report.