Dear Parish Community, Neighbors, and Friends,
It is with great regret that we are obliged to cancel our popular annual Halloween activities this year. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution as we continue to face safety issues arising from the sidewalk camp in front of Trinity Church.
This week, a long-time maintenance superintendent at Trinity was the victim of an assault as he was attempting to perform the morning cleaning of the sidewalk areas affected by the camp. There have been nine arrests related to the camp since it began.
Cancelling a beloved family event is not a decision taken lightly. Last year, more than 1,200 people took part. However, we are deeply concerned about the escalating illegal and abusive activity the camp presents.
I regret having to make this decision and hope that we will have the family-friendly, safe, clean and peaceful environment to which, with good conscience, we will be able to invite people back for a wonderful Halloween celebration next year.
The Rev. Dr. James H. Cooper