Meridian’s Largest Halloween Event Canceled for 2020
Drawing over 5,000 costumed kiddos and over 120 participating local businesses, this free event was one of the largest Halloween celebrations in the Treasure Valley. This year, little ghosts and goblins won't be there filling their pillowcases with candy.
According to the Meridian City Special Events page their annual "Trunk-or-Treat and Dance to the Beat" event has been postponed until October 2021. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event had become so popular that they expanded its footprint and added new features like a food truck "food court" and game area.
The event was more than just an opportunity for kids to collect a pile of Reese's Cups and Tootsie Rolls. It also served as a fundraiser for the Meridian Foodbank's Backpack program that helps put together food packages for food insecure kids in the West Ada School District.
The decision was made prior to the CDC releasing their COVID-19 recommendations for the Halloween season. Needless to say their full list of recommendations is extensive and trunk-or-treat events are among the celebrations they consider the most risky.
Other "high risk" Halloween activities include:
- Traditional door to door trick-or-treating
- Attending crowded, indoor costume parties
- Vising an indoor haunted house where people may be screaming while crowded together
- Participating in a hay or tractor ride with people who are not members of your household
- Traveling to fall festivals outside of your community if living where community spread of COVID-19 remains high.
Meridian's Trunk-Or-Treat event is not the only Halloween event to close the book on 2020. Halloween Land corn maze and Nyah's Haunted Woods at Twin Oaks Farm in Meridian will also remain closed this year. Twin Oaks will, however, still host their U-Pick Veggies field and Pumpkin Patch.