LA GRANDE — La Grande youths this year will have to go without trick-or-treating at residence halls at Eastern Oregon University.
EOU in a press release Monday, Oct. 12, announced it is closing the residence halls on Halloween night, a move to keep the community safe due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Many university events integrate students with local life,” the press release stated. “However, this means when problems arise, like a pandemic, it is important to prioritize community health.”
Residence Life director Jeremy Jones said in the announcement there was no viable way to host the event in a safe manner. He said he understands there may be some disappointment among community members as well as college students and hopes to resume the trick-or-treating next year.
“I always want to take the opportunity to thank our community and to thank our students for their sacrifice and continued commitment to the safety and the well-being of our students and our community,” he said in the press release.
Jones also said it is important for everyone to assess their Halloween activities for risk and find creative, safe ways to celebrate.