Due to COVID-19 response restrictions and based on guidance from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and the Washington State Department of Health, the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce has decided to cancel Halloween in the Village.

The chamber still encourages residents to support local business with to-go orders and patronage of all kinds. The streets will not be closed off, however, nor will door-to-door trick-or-treating at the businesses be encouraged.

According to a chamber letter, the decision to cancel the seasonal event this year reflects Magnolia Chamber of Commerce’s commitment to helping protect residents, visitors and participating businesses by preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

“The Chamber takes seriously the recommendations from public health experts,” according to the announcement. “They have determined that door-to-door trick or treating and encouraging large gatherings of multiple families in a single location like Magnolia Village are not recommended based on the difficulty in maintaining proper social distancing. The risk of exposure to families and merchants are high; the Chamber wants to avoid super-spreader events that could negatively impact keeping Magnolia Village open for business. We want to protect our neighbors and local workforce, and honor the state’s Phase II recommendations.”