Halloween postponed in towns throughout ConnecticutPosted: Updated:
Wednesday is Halloween, but some cities and towns have made the decision to postpone the spooky festivities while others have decided to continue with activities.
In Colchester, East Haven, West Haven and New Haven, the mayors there have postponed trick-or-treating until Nov. 7. The mayors said they postponed the holiday celebration because of closed roads and the number of people without power.
"The extra week should allow all town and utility crews to get the communities back to normal, so all families can enjoy Halloween in a safe and secure manner," said Frank Gentilesco Jr., East Haven assistant director of administration and management.
Danbury and Fairfield officials have also postponed the holiday; however, it is unclear if other Fairfield County towns have canceled trick-or-treating.
Brideport said residents should take their children trick-or-treating before it goes dark and if they do, "to take extreme caution."
Harwinton and Burlington postponed trick-or-treating until Saturday. Trumbull has postponed trick-or-treating until Sunday.
"The town crews, emergency responders and CL&P crews have done a great job ensuring the safety of our citizens during and since the storm impacted both towns," said Harwinton First Selectman Michael Criss.
Officials in Milford rescheduled the holiday celebrations until next Wednesday.
"It is currently not safe for residents to be walking in neighborhoods with potential life-threatening conditions," stated Mayor Ben Blake. "Halloween is a fun event but also needs to be safe."
Groton Town police are asking parents to "refrain from children" participating in door-to-door trick-or-treating.
Trick-or-treating will continue as planned in Baltic, but town officials said the town's Safe Halloween has been postponed the program until Nov. 7 at 6 p.m.
However in Ledyard, trick-or-treating has been canceled until Nov. 5.
"This is being done for obvious safety reasons," town officials said on Ledyard's website.
Trunk or Treat at the Woodbridge Fire Department on Center Road will continue as planned, but in addition to the spooky events, hot dinners will be served. Hot dogs, hamburgers and more will be served to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
"Halloween Safe Night" at the Terryville Fair Grounds sponsored by the Lions Club is postponed until Saturday.
However, several towns are not stopping children in their towns from trick-or-treating as normal on Wednesday night. The following towns will celebrate Halloween on Wednesday evening:
- Windsor Locks
- West Hartford
- New Britain
- West Hartford
All city and town officials are advising trick-or-treaters to be careful on roads without power and to exercise caution in areas where there are downed branches, debris or power lines.
"The town does not control Halloween," Enfield wrote on its Facebook page. "Use your discretion if your area was hard hit, but otherwise it is business as usual."
In Old Saybrook, town officials is giving residents signs for homes that may not have power, but still want to hand out candy. Signs must be placed on lawns of people who welcome trick-or-treating.
Houses with power do not need signs and just turn on their porch lights to welcome trick-or-treaters.
Avon residents are being asked to "use good judgment when making plans" for Halloween night.
Granby officials said trick-or-treating is "not a town-sponsored event" and is asking to trick-or-treaters to "take extra caution" because there are still power outages and debris in the road.
In New London, city officials are asking residents to exercise caution similar to town leaders in Granby. But, they are asking parents to guide their children around debris and keep them in well lit areas.
In Mansfield, residents are being "discouraged from entering neighborhoods with no electricity." However, parents can take their children out, but they should emphasis on safety.
There are reports that Willimantic and Waterbury will allow children to trick or treat on Wednesday evening.
Mystic Aquarium announced Wednesday morning that it will open its doors for families with children to trick or treat at the facilities. Check out that story by clicking here.
Officials with the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford announced Wednesday that it, too would extend its hours to accommodate families that have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
The Science Center will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. to accommodate the thousands of families affected by the dozens of school cancellations as a result of the massive storm.
Kids who head to the Connecticut Science Center will get $5 off admission, too.
The special Spooktacular Halloween activities will be held from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m., and the activities planned include trick-or-treating, arts and crafts and pumpkin decorating.
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