BooFest, Christmas parade called off due to COVID

A scary clown slides on playground equipment at Fred Miller Park during last year’s BooFest. BooFest, the annual Halloween celebration, and the Christmas Parade have been cancelled.

The city of Morristown announced Thursday that BooFest and the annual Christmas Parade will be canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

The city still hopes to conduct some type of Christmas lighting event, according to a press release.

“We know that this will disappoint many families in our community,” the press release states. “But we feel it is the best decision to respect our citizens and keep our community healthy.”

City officials said the Morristown Parks & Recreation Department had been considering ways it could still continue BooFest, but they said they felt it would be difficult to social distance effectively.

The press release states that Crossroads Downtown Partnership, along with the city of Morristown, also canceled the Christmas Parade after considering the health and well-being of attendees, volunteers, sponsors and vendors.

“The city is still hoping to be able to hold a Christmas tree lighting event,” the press release said. “Staff is currently looking at different options to see how we can hold this event and still safely socially distance for the health of our community.”

City officials said they would provide more details about the tree lighting event at a later time.