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."