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After Hurricane Sandy, Are You Still Trick-or-Treating?

Storm ruins plans for many on Halloween.

While adults in the area have to deal with their problems, the little ones are feeling the pull of conflicting emotions. On the one hand, school is cancelled (Yay!) on the other hand, Halloween might be cancelled too (Boo!).

Already the village of Port Jefferson has announced that due to power outages, the annual kids party at the Port Jefferson Country Club had to be cancelled.

"We will reschedule something fun for the kids," said Mayor Margot Garant.

In the meantime, parents have to wrestle with what they will do. It's about this time that kids are getting cabin fever but with most of Long Island without power, trick-or-treating may be a non-option at best and with power lines and trees down throughout the area, dangerous at worst.

The Suffolk County Police Department issued a statement recommending parents take precautions if they choose to take their children trick-or-treating.

Here is the full statement:

In spite of the improved weather conditions, there are still numerous downed trees and live wires as well as flooding conditions in many neighborhoods. Police suggest parents consider staying home and celebrating Halloween indoors. Trick-or-treating and traditional Halloween celebrations are intended to be fun for children, however, due to the recent storm, it may be unsafe to be outdoors. If parents choose to take the risk of going trick-or-treating with their children, they must be aware of the dangers these post-storm conditions pose to their children’s safety.

Patch wants to know: What are you doing? Is it trick or treat this Halloween? Do you have alternative plans? Pictures of your kids dressing up? Share everthing with us at Patch. Perhaps you have a great idea for others as an alternative. Tell us about it.

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