Public Health Guidelines against gathering in close groups disallows the usually crowded, jovial sidewalks this event creates.
CONTACT Sarah Lu Heath, Executive Director
[Astoria, OR] — As summer turns to fall the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association volunteers begin decorating for holidays beginning with hanging Mitch's Witches and promoting the Downtown Trick or Treat. This year, the witches will go up but crowds cannot gather for trick or treating.
Typically the Downtown Trick or Treat draws several hundred families and fills downtown with remarkable costumes and echoes of screeches and giggles. With pandemic guidelines disallowing groups to gather, the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association Board of Directors did not feel this type of event could be held safely.
"It was not an easy decision to make," says Executive Director Sarah Lu Heath, "Our Board considered several alternatives but in the end we've chosen to move foward with an extended holiday shopping season campaign and look forward to 2021 for the hopeful return of Downtown Trick or Treating."
ADHDA as been able to re-format the Love Your Streets downtown workdays for social distancing and will host over two dozen volunteers this Saturday morning. Volunteers will hang Mitch's Witches, plant dozens of new plants, and remove graffiti around downtown.
If you're interested in volunteering with any of ADHDA's programs or sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to Sarah Lu Heath.
The non-profit Astoria Downtown Historic District Association (ADHDA) aims to encourage community involvement and investment in preserving the character of historic downtown Astoria while promoting its health and future. Astoria is an Oregon Main Street community. ADHDA focuses primarily on 36 blocks between 8th and 16th Streets to the west and east and Exchange Street and the River to the south and the north.