Sunday, August 09, 2020

 

 

cancelled

 

Dear MCHC Garage Sale fans,

We regret to inform you that the Motor City Haunt Club made the tough decision to cancel the 2020 Haunted Garage Sale. Back in February as we became aware of the Covid-19 situation, we thought for sure by September it would all be back to normal - no worries. With that thought in the back of our minds we continued to make the preparations and were getting everything ready to go. With every day that passed, that perspective faded further and further and finally mutated into, what steps would be necessary to keep people safe?

The facility where we planned to have the event is still currently closed and we have only recently been able to communicate with them on the situation. They still could not tell us if they would be open on the date of our event (Sept. 26th, 2020).

Our event has become one of the Detroit area's larger haunter and Halloween enthusiast events. Even though it’s really a sale, people truly enjoy the social aspect of it. To have so many limitations that would inhibit that, it just didn’t seem to do it justice.

Socializing is one thing to miss out on, but once you start to hear of safety concerns, then it becomes a whole different story. Our club is whole heartedly about keeping people safe. If you were at our 2019 event, I’m sure you would understand what a task it would have been to make the appropriate arrangements to keep people at a safe distance with this new challenge. It would have called for increased manpower – which would challenge the club's volunteer bandwidth. With the health concerns involved, our volunteer base would most likely be impacted already. There was also a possibility of an impact on attendance. Would people feel safe enough to come? The hurdles just seemed too great to make it the event we’ve become proud to host.

It’s likely this won’t completely be in our rear view mirror next year, and I’m sure we will have to make special arrangements even then. We have already begun to prepare by booking the same venue for Saturday September 25th 2021 and will continue to prepare for next year. We are looking forward to a better 2021.

Thanks for your understanding with this situation. Please keep us in mind for The MCHC Haunted Garage Sale 2021! We look forward to seeing you all then!

Hauntingly yours, The Motor City Haunt Club