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Cancelled-Spooky City 2020

10/31/2020 - 9:30am to 2:00pm
Downtown Burlington Businesses
Burlington Businesses
Burlington, WI 53105

The Burlington City Council voted in special session on Wednesday, Oct. 14, to deny an event permit for this year's Spooky City. The 31st annual downtown promotion was scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 31, and included business-to-business trick-or-treating, street entertainment and movies. It’s not possible for the event to proceed without the city’s support.

Two proposals were presented as alternative options due to recent statewide spikes in COVID-19 cases. The first was a more traditional event with pedestrian trick-or-treating, but requiring face coverings of all participants, a one-way walking route, and assigning one person at each business to distribute treats outside their front door. The other was a vehicular option with a driving route comparable to a parade. Vehicles would be pre-registered and proceed single-file on a prescribed route through the downtown. A representative would stand in front of their business and distribute candy through the vehicle window. Street entertainers and music would be positioned throughout the treat route. The other Spooky City attractions of hayrides and coffin races were not being proposed this year.

The Central Racine County Health Department had been consulted about our proposed approaches and any health safety concerns. They supported the drive-thru concept, as long as people remained in their vehicles. They also recommended that everyone wear a face covering.

The Burlington Police Department did not endorse a driving route, primarily due to traffic safety issues.

Events such as this are important to the downtown and overall community to create awareness and drive commerce. As organizers of Spooky City, we appreciate the city's concerns; however, we’re disappointed that the traffic challenges could not have been addressed and resolved, especially since the event satisfied most health safety concerns. Ironically, this was apparently one of the only events the health department approved.

To the over 50 businesses and other sponsors that participate in Spooky City each year, along with the many volunteers who assist, we sincerely appreciate your continued support. We hope to see you in 2021… under different circumstances!


Shad & Kristine