Last year, the West 69th Street Block Association announced that its annual Halloween party, which takes place between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue, would be cancelled for the first time since its inception in 1971.
Due to ongoing concerns over the pandemic, the block association has announced that it will again need to cancel the beloved yearly tradition.
“While W. 69th Street is known for our fantastic Halloween party we are also known for being a caring community-we care on a city wide level and a local level,” the block association wrote in a statement. “With this in mind, the steering committee for W. 69th Street Block has discussed what should be done this year and it was overwhelmingly agreed that the risk is too high given the amount of people who come to the block and the incredibly close proximity of everyone. Additionally, we don’t have the manpower to ask people for proof of vaccines, to offers masks, etc. This means that this year the block association will not apply for the permit to close the street, nor will we buy candy for distribution. This was a very tough decision to make given the history and popularity of the event but it is not a risk that should be taken.”
The last Halloween party, which took place in 2019, attracted about three-thousand people, so it would not be very easy for attendees to socially distance.
Hopefully some residents will still dress up their townhouses with goblins, ghosts and monsters as they have in years past.