Halloween Trick-or-Treating Canceled in Michigan City Due to ‘Cockroach Issue’


The Halloween tradition of going house to house asking for candy in an area of Wyandotte, Mich., has been canceled by the city officials because of “a cockroach issue.”

On Monday, the city officials issued a statement to the occupants via Facebook, announcing the conclusion of the affected roads “as a proactive measure to forestall further roach migration.”


“The City has determined it to be in the best interest of the residents to shut down twentieth Road, and the sidewalks, from Eureka to Forest on Monday, October 31, 2022, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm,” the statement reads.

“Barricades and signage will be placed in the city and at sidewalks at Forest, the intersections of Orchard and Pine, and at Eureka, closing the road and sidewalk to vehicles and pedestrians.

It is suggested that Going house to house asking for candy be discouraged in this area.” “There have been no reports of any roach infestation occurring beyond the immediate area,” the statement said, adding that the treat-or-treating will “go as planned all through the remainder of the city from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.”

Calling the incident “unfortunate” in his message, the Mayor of the city, Robert A. DeSana said, “all occupants of Wyandotte can be reassured that the city is taking each measure legally conceivable to eliminate the wellspring of this infestation including spraying of insecticide along sidewalks, the lawn area between the sidewalk and road, and along the check line in certain areas of the road in the affected area.”

Representatives for the City of Wyandotte didn’t immediately return Individuals’ solicitation for input. Speaking to Detroit Free Press, city councilman Todd Hanna claimed the roaches issue is “of no fault of the city,” explaining the issue began after the city’s garbage truck loaded waste from a house loaded up with the bugs. He said the house in question has since been vacated.

While the city is working on a solution for the issue, Hanna added the board casted a ballot to cancel the Halloween tradition in the affected area to “keep roaches from grabbing on to children’s ensembles,” and spreading into their homes.

The likelihood that stunt or-treaters could step on roaches, killing them however tracking unharmed eggs to other areas in the area, was also a concern, Hanna said, per the power source.

Meanwhile, an occupant named Lisa LaBean discussed the degree of the issue with a local news station, WXYZ-TV, saying, “you lay in bed and you think something’s crawling on you or something, it’s terrible.” Noting that she has spent almost $1,800 to purchase supplies to kill the roaches, she told the power source she is still “alarmed.”

“I don’t want them coming in my home,” she added. “It’s a battle.”