Halloween isn't canceled, Portland City Manager says

Posted at 10:04 AM, Oct 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-26 10:04:25-04

Many families are still trying to figure out the best way to go about Halloween this year,

The city of Portland in Ionia County wants its residents to know Halloween is not canceled due to COVID-19 after receiving several inquiries from residents the past few weeks.

City manager Tutt Gorman tells us trick or treating will take place from 6 to 8 pm on October 31 but other than announcing the suggested hours the city has no authority to make further changes since it’s a national holiday.

However they are urging people to follow the guidelines from the health department like wearing a mask and not participating if you are showing any symptoms.

“There's no at least from the city standpoint, there's no ability to restrict or the free movement of our residences for what they do," said Tutt Gorman.

"In any type of orders from the public health department or recommendation, those guidelines should be looked at each resident should take a look at those and make those choices for themselves. but we we encourage everyone to be safe and do what they can to protect themselves and their and others during this time,” he said.

Also check your community Facebook pages for alternative trick or treating options, the City of Portland for example is having a drive-thru trick-or-treat in the Mount Hope Church parking lot, themed the Land of Candy on Halloween from 6 to 8pm.