Trinity Church cancels Halloween festivities

From The Downtown Express

Families celebrating Halloween will have to pencil out a Trinity Church visit from their calendars as a planned activity for the last weekend of October. The church’s annual movie night, originally scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 26, has been canceled for safety reasons, according to the parish’s spokesperson Linda Hanick. This year, the parish was going to screen “The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That! Tricks and Treats,” and hold an organ performance by Trinity’s organist Julian Wachner.

Protesters loosely or directly affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement have been camped outside of the church for several months now, causing a potential security problem for children who would be coming to the church around dusk, Hanick said. “It’s dark, there are candles and it’s Halloween. Out of an abundance of caution, we wanted to make sure it was a safe environment,” she explained.

The event cancellation follows an alleged assault on a Trinity maintenance worker earlier this month. According to the parish, the demonstrator who was arrested for the crime was out on the street again the very next day. The perp was one of nine people who have been arrested in the church’s vicinity since the beginning of the month. Regarding the security issue, Hanick said, “We’ve installed security cameras under the scaffolding, and we’re reporting any illegal or abusive activity [to the police].”

All of the church’s other programming and religious services are taking place according to schedule. However, the parish has closed off its restrooms from the public because of recent instances of vandalism.

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