STATEMENT FROM MAYOR JAJUGA ON HALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREATING HOURS: Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 4:30pm-6:00pm.
Due to the City of Methuen remaining at critical risk for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), the decision to change the time for trick or treating in Methuen from the longstanding traditional hours of 5:00-7:00 pm to 4:30-6:00 pm on Thursday, October 31st was made after consultation with the Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control District and the Methuen School Department; Health Department; and Police & Fire Departments. This decision was announced on October 4th – nearly four weeks prior to Halloween -- in order to allow parents to make necessary schedule adjustments. We did consider the possibility of moving the trick or treat hours to the weekend, but this action would have required families to make even more significant changes to their schedules. Some residents have asked if the weather would eliminate the risk of EEE exposure by the end of October. Although the City had cold temperatures this past weekend, we have NOT had a hard frost (a period of at least four consecutive hours of air temperatures below 28 degrees Fahrenheit) – which the Department of Public Health advises must occur in order to kill all remaining mosquitoes. Based on the weather projections for the rest of this month, it is unlikely that such a hard frost will occur before Halloween. While no one welcomes this inconvenience, I will continue to prioritize the health and safety of the children and other residents of Methuen. More info: Mayor's Office, 978-983-8505