Trick-or-Treating Postponed, May Move to Sat.

Newtown police ask residents to forgo trick-or-treating on Halloween on Main Street due to aftermath of Storm Alfred.

Trick-or-treating on Main Street, a long-held tradition in Newtown has been called off, at least for Monday, as a result of the , officials said.

First Selectman Pat Llodra said that she is considering re-scheduling the trick-or-treating to Sat., Nov. 5 when the town has many other festivities scheduled, such as the . She said she is trying to coordinate with Borough Warden Jim Gaston on rescheduling, and would be dependent on weather that day.

Newtown police also said conditions make it too dangerous to have trick-or-treaters out.

Newtown police issued the following statement:

"After a meeting of Town Officials and Local Emergency Management personnel it was determined that due to the recent snow storm and major power outages it would not be safe to proceed with the activities (Trick or Treat) normally held on Main Street for Halloween.

"A fragile and compromised utility infrastructure is still in the process of being remediated. Numerous down trees on power lines and blocked roadways have created safety concerns on numerous roads and sidewalks not only in Newtown but much of the State. Many people are without power. Snow is still blocking many sidewalks and use of the roadway for Trick or Treating would be unsafe at this time.

"The possibility of tree limbs falling and slippery surface conditions contribute to the unsafe conditions. The situation is as bad or worse than the damage caused by Hurricane Irene in September. Parents are strongly recommended not to bring their children to Main Street due to these conditions."

Jim Gaston November 04, 2011 at 02:42 AM
Catherine, the First Selectman asked me to make the call as Warden of the Borough. Thanks for the question. And thanks Mel for the kind words. We all on Main Street appreciate it!! This was a difficult decision, but I think the right one. Many Main Street families like mine spend a great deal of time and money on creating fun themes. This year we spent more than a thousand dollars on the theme, costumes and candy. I assure all, it was not a decision made lightly.
Marie November 04, 2011 at 03:43 AM
I understand that safety is of utmost concern, especially when children are involved. I do not believe there is a Connecticut resident right now that hasn't experienced a clear example of unsafe conditions this week. Yet, after everything we been through, our children have been through, you now decide to cancel the one thing that has made my kids excited this week. Its bad enough they believe I moved them to a Town that doesn't celebrate Halloween but to tell them twice its been cancelled. Would you like to be the one to deliver the news ?! I agree with Mel, an alternative is essential to renew this Towns spirits, our children's spirits. I'm sure you'll have no problems making sure Voting Day goes on without a Hitch! It's a shame you don't have the same commitment to the children and families that have already gone through so much this week!
Joanne November 05, 2011 at 05:01 PM
Why can't we just have Halloween today. Think of the children. The streets are cleared by now and it is safe. You are disappointing many.
Mary Ann Jacob November 05, 2011 at 05:50 PM
St Rose is hosting a trunk or treat tonight for all kids. Sounds like a great alternative that will Leo IDE the kids with a fun evening!
Mary Ann Jacob November 05, 2011 at 05:51 PM
St Rose is hosting a trunk or treat tonight for all kids. Sounds like a great alternative that will give the kids with a fun evening!


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