SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Thousands of kids in Western Massachusetts were expecting to be putting on costumes and going trick-or-treating tonight but, after this weekend's storm, that may not be the case.
Sidewalks everywhere are still blocked by trees and power lines down. Some trees have loose branches that appear to be hanging on by a thread.
State leaders have asked parents to use caution when deciding whether or not to go trick-or-treating tonight. Some people have already come up with a "Plan B."
"Our plan is to put on our costumes and eat the candy that we were going to hand out tonight. It's something for her to do, she's bored too," said Danielle Clapp, Suffield.
"I think what they should be doing is clean up their sidewalks a little bit at least if they could just get in their neighborhoods to do some trick or treating, that'd probably be the best idea so it's not a complete devastation," added Benjamin Camp, West Springfield.
Some communities have officially postponed trick-or-treating to next weekend.
- Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno told 22News that he is advising the cancellation of Halloween activities due to the risks posed by downed power lines, trees, and ice. The majority of the city, more than 60%, is still without power as of Monday morning.
- Chicopee Mayor Michael Bissonnette says that city has also decided to postpone trick-or-treating until Saturday, November 5. If you have any questions, you are asked to call the Mayor's Office at (413) 594-1500.
- West Springfield Mayor Ed Gibson is strongly advising parents not to allow their children to go trick-or-treating on Monday night
- Agawam's Fire Department sent a news release to 22News, saying that they too are advising against any trick-or-treating activities Monday night. Agawam, too is mostly without power.
- Amherst has postponed trick-or-treating to Sunday, November 6
- Russell is not allowing trick-or-treating Monday night.
- Southwick has postponed trick-or-treating until further notice.
- Ware is postponing trick-or-treating until further notice. Town officials will make a decision soon about a replacement date.
- Wilbraham has cancelled trick-or-treating for the year.
- Deerfield officials are discouraging trick-or-treating. Hayrides in Old Deerfield and South Deerfield are cancelled.
- Holyoke Mayor Elaine Pluta said that she is recommending people take advantage of the trick-or-treating event Monday night from 4 to 6 at the Holyoke Mall. Trick-or-treaters can also pick up candy during business hours at City Hall. Pluta says that she is not recommending trick-or-treating, but she also is not banning it outright.