Westminster has postponed its annual Halloween celebration this year due to the threat of the EEE virus. Town officials have rescheduled the annual trick or treat celebration, which was slated for 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, to 11 a.m. to 1 p.m Saturday. An annual town bonfire set for 7 p.m. Friday has been canceled.
The town typically closes Bacon Street for trick-or-treaters on Halloween night, and then holds a bonfire in the parking lot of the fire station, said Police Lieutenant Michael McDonald. The schedule was changed because of the high risk that Eastern equine encephalitis, a mosquito-borne disease, poses to the town, McDonald said.
“The Board of Health is concerned about EEE in the area until we get a hard frost to kill all of the mosquitoes,” McDonald said.