Boologah cancelled due to COVID concerns
A local favorite will not be haunting the streets of downtown Oologah this year.
Boologah has officially been cancelled.
“It’s after much consideration and discussion that we’ve decided not to have Boologah this year,” said Oologah Chamber of Commerce President Carolyn Estes. “We have so many children that attend Boologah every year, not just Oologah kids, but those from Talala, Collinsville, Claremore – even some from Tulsa -- it’s so congested that given the virus, we felt it would be best this year to cancel the event this year to err on the side of everyone’s safety.”
Held every year around Halloween, Boologah is a family-friendly community event at which area businesses and merchants line the streets downtown to hand out candy to local trick-or-treaters.
“Everyone is in such close quarters (at the event), it wouldn’t be a good idea, given the state of things right now,” she said. “We did talk about possibly spreading everything out as a means of observing social distancing, but in the end, Chamber members felt it was simply too risky this year. We don’t want to jeopardize anyone’s health.”
Estes said that although the cancellation of the family-favorite event is “unfortunate,” she’s hopeful that the community will be understanding, and the Chamber is optimistic that Boologah will return next year.
“We’re already looking forward to next year’s Boologah,” she said. “I know that so many things are different this year – for everyone, but we think parents can still give their children the traditional door to door Trick or Treat experience. Should the people who want to give out treats leave their porch lights on to let children know they’re participating and use some safety protocols when handing out the candy, it can still be a fun Halloween for the children.”
Estes said Chamber members this week will be discussing possible means by which the community may still host the homecoming and Christmas parades.