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Brookfield Is Trick-or-Treating Wednesday Despite Sandy

Officials say it's safe to continue with Halloween plans Wednesday. Are you going out?

Despite widespread outages in Brookfield in the wake of Hurricane Sandy (projections are between 60-80 percent without power as of Tuesday night), Halloween will go on as scheduled Wednesday.

*CL&P reports Brookfield outages have dropped to just over 3,100 as of noon Wednesday, approximately 39 percent of town.

After Brookfield’s emergency management officials Tuesday afternoon, First Selectman Bill Davidson said that the town’s kids can go on trick-or-treating as usual, but urged “parents to take extra precautions to safeguard their children,” particularly by avoiding all downed wires. [Read more in Davidson’s updated storm blog.]

Brookfield officials postponed Halloween last October after Winter Storm Alfred knocked out power to over 80 percent of town.

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News of this year’s plan to hold Halloween as scheduled received mixed reaction on the Brookfield Patch Facebook page. Some were pleased by the decision while others questioned whether it was a good idea and raised practical concerns about going house-to-house on streets with no power.

“How are we going to know which houses are participating if there are no front lights on?” Christine Nedelka Lennon asked, a question reiterated by Jay Coffey.

Katie Derivan and Melissa Zera Yager said they were more concerned about getting power back than worrying about the holiday.

“Where is my power already,” Yager said. “My children need power back not candy.”

Is your family going to be trick-or-treating tonight? What is your neighborhood doing to make the situation work?

barb October 31, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Do any of these town officials have children who go trick or treating? Would they really put their own children out on a street with no power? Or do they suggest going to strange neighborhoods who do have power? Did they really put any thought into this? Or do they have personal plans for the weekend when that's when Halloween should be celebrated?
Aaron Boyd (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Reported power outages in Brookfield have fallen below 40 percent as of midday Wednesday, just over 3,100 customers.
Rob Gianazza October 31, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Since when is it the First Selectman's responsibility to determine if children should go Trick or Treating? I understand his comments and support them. Parents are ultimately responsible for their children's safety while Trick or Treating. Avoid downed power lines, I assume that by now they are well marked. Use caution in damaged areas. As for the time honored tradition of lights out means no ones home, perhaps a lit Jack-O-Lantern will let Trick Or Treaters' know they are welcome. Let's not be sheeple, use common sense and be safe out there.
David Propper October 31, 2012 at 04:40 PM
If somebody doesn't have lights and wants to mark their house as having candy, maybe they can stand outside and greet the kids as they hand out the candy. If they don't have power for the porch light, I doubt they have power to watch TV while inside. There is always a solution.
Aaron Boyd (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Brookfield Coin & Card suggested this on our Facebook page (facebook.com/BrookfieldPatch): "people can put candles outside, or pumpkins or something to let others know which houses to come to."
Adele Friedman October 31, 2012 at 10:44 PM
The ultimate in "First World Problems".
Steven DeVaux November 01, 2012 at 01:05 AM
You crack me up Adele! Touche
JLM November 01, 2012 at 03:03 PM
While my children were able to go Trick and Treating, I was very disappointed in the First Selectman's decision to not hold a trunk or treat this year for Brookfield in wake of Hurricane Sandy. Rather than make positive executive judgment call he passed in off for the parents to make! Take a look around Davidson, there were plenty of neighborhood’s still without power or with downed wires! Shame on you, definitely not the kind of person I want in office!
rkold November 01, 2012 at 04:56 PM
We went Trick-or-Treating last night. I live in a townhouse complex that has power. We just went around part of the complex and everything was great. People were friendly and my toddler had a wonderful time and didn't want to come back home.
Rob Gianazza November 01, 2012 at 07:42 PM
No where in the Town Charter is a provision for Trunk or Treating. However parents have been known to organize these sorts of events.
JLM November 02, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Apparently, the parents did try to organize a Trunk or Treat back in the summer where it was denied by town officials. Obviously during the summer there was no need, but I would think the town would have made an exception to let parents do another Trunk or Treat like the did last year at the Town Hall.
LFerrara November 02, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Yes, parents did try to organize a Trunk or Treat again this year. The town denied them town property, I heard it had to do with liability...but am not 100% certain.
LFerrara November 02, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I took my son to Town Hall for Trick-or-Treating in the afternoon. The staff was wonderful as usual. They stocked up on extra candy and even allowed the older kids this year. I also took him at night to an area with power, he had a wonderful time.
Andrew Turkenkopf November 02, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Trunk or Treating totally defeats the fun and enjoyment and purpose of Trick or Treating. Kids dressing up, going house to house, having a sense of freedom and daring and all of that. Otherwise, just buy them a bag of candy . ..

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