- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 16, 2020

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the Vermont town of St. Johnsbury to cancel its annual Halloween parade.

Organizer Diane Cummings told the town select board Monday that with adults the parade brings at least 3,000 people onto the streets of the community.

The Caledonian Record reports she said the committee plans to let people know about the cancellation.

“We were thinking of hanging skeletons along Main Street - maybe a dozen holding signs saying something like ‘Boo-Hoo, No Parade This Year’ or something corny like that,” she said.

But Cummings says the committee is still determined to do something special for Halloween.



One idea is to provide Halloween candy to children through the St. Johnsbury schools. All pandemic precautions would be followed while the candy is prepared for distribution, Cummings said.

Other ideas the committee is working on include a pumpkin carving amd scarecrow competitions.

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NUMBERS

On Wednesday the Vermont Health Department reported one new positive case of the virus that causes COVID-19, bringing the statewide total since the virus began to just over 1,700.

The number of deaths remains at 58.

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