For the second year in a row, residents in some Connecticut communities will not be able to allow children to trick or treat in their neighborhoods because of storm damage, but there are options.
Because of trick-or-treating being canceled around the region, Mystic Aquarium will open its doors on Wednesday, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for a free trick-or-treating event among the aquarium’s exhibits. All are welcome and costumes encouraged.
Mystic Aquarium did not sustain any damage from the storm and will accommodate as many families as possible during.
The last admission is at 7:30 p.m. Once inside, guests may stay until 8 p.m.
Mystic Aquarium is located at 55 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic. The phone number is 860.572.5955.
Here is what towns are doing.
Ebony Horsewomen Inc. Equestrian Center, at 337 Vine St. in Hartford, is presenting a Halloween safe-night haunted park.
Admission is free. The event runs from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The hayride has been canceled in both Norwalk and Danbury, but children wearing a costume today will receive a free small ice cream at both stores.
Children wearing a costume today at Stew Leonard's in Newington will receive a free small ice cream.
The Yonkers trick-or-treating event has been canceled for today but rescheduled for Friday, Nov. 2, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Those in costume on Friday will also receive a free small ice cream.
The Baltic Volunteer Fire Department has to postpone its safe Halloween program for because of downed power line issues. It will be rescheduled for Nov. 7, starting with the costume parade at 6 p.m. at the Sprague Town Hall.
Mayor Bill Finch has advised parents who want to take their kids trick-or-treating for Halloween tonight to do so before sunset this evening. Due to downed trees and power lines, its suggested that parents accompany their children while trick-or-treating.
Burlington and Harwinton
Harwinton and Burlington will postpone trick-or-treat activities until Saturday, Nov. 3, dependent upon debris clearing and power restoration, as well as verification that the roads in both towns are safe for children and families. Michael Criss, First Selectman in Harwinton, and Burlington First Selectman Ted Shafer recommend that parents do not send their children out to trick or treat on Wednesday evening based on the situation.
“Having children and their families walking the streets with these conditions present an enormous safety concern,” Shafer said.
The town has moved Halloween activities to Wednesday, Nov. 7, and asks parents to use their discretion on safety of their children if they wish to celebrate Halloween earlier.
Not postponing Halloween. Restoration efforts have been completed in the majority of the Town.
Will celebrate Halloween on Wednesday night.
Halloween will be postponed. A new date will be announced later in the week after storm damage has been cleared and power restored.
Groton town police is recommending that parents refrain from allowing their children to participate in door-to-door trick-or-treating within the town this year. Although conditions have improved in some areas, potential risks still exist. Utility tree and power line crews are currently working in the restoration of power, clearing of roads and elimination of identified potential hazards. We urge parents to take advantage of sponsored events in lieu of door-to-door trick or treating.
Halloween is postponed until Wednesday, Nov. 7.
“It is currently not safe for residents to be walking in neighborhoods with potential life threatening conditions,” stated Mayor Benjamin Blake. “Halloween is a fun event but also needs to be safe.”
The Westfield CT Post Mall will hold a Halloween Dance Party for Children tonight, starting at 4 p.m. Wear a costume.
The mayors of New Haven, East Haven, West Haven and Milford have agreed that conditions remain dangerous in their municipalities and that trick-or-treating should be postponed until Nov. 7.
With many homes still without power and many streets still blocked by down trees and wires, the city is urging families to keep children inside tonight for Halloween. Families are being urged to celebrate next Wednesday, Nov. 7 instead.
Mayor Daryl Finizio is advising against 'Trick or Treating' this evening. Families tonight can go to the free trick or treating at Mystic Aquarium. The mayor suggested that families consider trick or treating on Nov. 7.
Halloween activities are postponed until Saturday evening.
Concerned about blocked walkways and downed power lines, officials in Old Lyme discouraged people from taking kids trick-or-treating Wednesday. There was no recommendation on a new day to trick-or-treat.
The town is not canceling Halloween activities. The police chief urges residents to use caution as some areas of town will not have power restoration by Wednesday evening. There might also be unexpected hazards, such as sticks and debris in yards, sidewalks and driveways. Supervision, reflective costumes and flashlights are some suggestions to keep children safe. For safe Halloween tips, please visit the Police Department’s.
Mayor Michael Pavia is urging parents to use their best judgment and curtail outdoor Halloween activities because of storm-related hazards, including fallen live electrical wires.
"Trunk-or-treat" at the Big Y will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The event came to be on the Tolland Patch Facebook page, as readers dicussed whether or not it would be safe to trick-or-treat this Halloween with power outages and hanging wires still affecting the town. Wear a costume and stock your trunk with candy. If you are attending, comment on the Patch's story.
The city of Torrington is not cancelling or discouraging Halloween. Officials are urging parents and trick-or-treaters to use common sense and caution when trick or treating and to avoid neighborhoods that are out of power.
Families should feel free to proceed with trick-or-treating today, but only where it is safe to do so.
Trick-or-treat on streets with no storm debris and where no power lines are down. Each family, and each neighborhood, should make an individual determination as to what is in the best interests of your children’s safety. Use your best judgment. Parents should accompany their children and attempt to go out while there is still daylight.