October Storm Disrupts Halloween Across Northeast

By: AP
By: AP

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Snow-covered cities and towns across the Northeast are calling off or postponing Halloween out of safety concerns for trick-or-treaters.

Connecticut's governor has even suspended the annual tradition of handing out candy at the governor's mansion, heeding the decision of Hartford's mayor to discourage trick-or-treating. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says no amount of candy is worth a potentially serious accident.

Two days after the nor'easter charged up the East Coast, many towns said they were simply too many hazards including snow-clogged sidewalks, slippery surfaces and the possibility of more falling tree limbs. Some urged parents to take children trick-or-treating at malls or organize activities at home with friends.

Somers, N.Y., Town Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy says she's encouraging families to postpone trick-or-treating, but adds "we're not going to be ticketing 5-year-olds."

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