This year’s trick-or-treating events were canceled in a Michigan neighborhood when a vacant property on the street became infested with cockroaches, raising concerns the pests would follow trick-or-treaters home.
According to Becky Wallace, who lives close to the Wyandotte home that had roaches, “roaches come in all these places, whether you’re a tidy person or a hoarder.” About 11 miles south of Detroit is where the city is situated.
In light of the infestation, city officials made the decision to stop trick-or-treating in the vicinity of 20th Street, closing the sidewalks in the neighborhood on Monday. Cockroach eggs could be disseminated around the neighborhood if people step on them, officials are concerned.
The city informed residents in writing that it was “in the best interest of citizens” to close 20th Street and the sidewalks from Eureka to Grove on Monday, October 31, 2022, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. In an email to residents, the city informed them that sidewalks would be closed on Monday in observance of Halloween, according to WXYZ.