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Port Chester Police: Don't Send Kids Out to Trick-or-Treat

Power outages, broken tree limbs, down power lines from Hurricane Sandy make conditions too dangerous; Halloween Party set for Friday at Port Chester Senior Center.

Hurricane Sandy has really soaked Halloween.

With all the damage and power outages brought by the Frankenstorm, Port Chester Police are asking parents not to send their children out for Trick-or-Treat on Wednesday.

Police Chief Joseph Krzeminski the combination of power outages, darkened street lights, broken tree limbs and down power lines from the storm have created conditions that he thinks are just too dangerous to risks having children go out for Trick-or-Treat.

Krzeminski advised that parents who usually drop their children off in a neighborhood to go Trick-or-Treating should not do so this year because of the post-storm dangers.

"People should not even encourage Trick-or-Treating this year," Krzeminski said.

He suggested that village residents not turn on Halloween lights and decorations, and do not turn on porch lights — usual indicators that a home welcomes children for Trick-or-Treat.

The storm led to the cancellation of this year's Halloween in the Park party hosted by the Port Chester Recreation Department. But the village had scheduled a Halloween Party for children on Friday at the Port Chester Senior Center, 222 Grace Church St.

The party is scheduld for at 5:30 p.m. It is free and open to children of all ages. There will be free tattoos, a costume parade, costume contest, and candy giveaway.

Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino also urged parents to use caution with Halloween Trick-or-Treating.

"Parents need to use common sense," he said while in Rye on Tuesday. "If your neighborhood did not suffer much damage and has electricity then the parents can decide to go out."

But he also warned, "It is not worth going out to get a Snickers bar and getting hurt.”

Candy Johnson October 31, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Then why doesn't Port Chester and surrounding towns postpone Hslliween until next week instead instead of "discouraging" trick or treating. It makes sense to cancel tonight officially to avoid possible injury or worse. It will give the children something to look forward too.
Patrick Milboer October 31, 2012 at 10:58 PM
I'm with you candy, postpone it and make on another date!! I live in Rye Brook and nobody knows whats going on!!!
SI4e November 01, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Harrison is having Halloween on Nov 9th Eastchester is having Halloween on Saturday. I will be taking my children to both hoping this will boost their spirits.
O November 02, 2012 at 02:06 PM
so can kids go out trick or treating tonight in Port Chester? Every town seems to have it rescheduled and not cancelled all together.

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