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Sandy cancels Halloween for some on Long Island
Superstorm Sandy has cost untold millions of dollars in damages and is now set to cost children across Long Island their Halloween celebrations, too.
The Town of Hempstead is asking residents to stay home for Halloween, town spokesman Mike Deery said.
“No youngsters should go out unattended if they are determined to go out,” Deery said. “There are hazards out there.”
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Though Smithtown does not have any town activities scheduled for Halloween, Supervisor Patrick Vecchio was reluctant to make any pronouncements on whether residents should trick-or-treat tonight.
“People have free will,” he said.
In addition, Wednesday's scheduled Halloween parade in Huntington Village has been canceled.
But not all the fun has been spoiled. On Wednesday morning Brookhaven Town Councilman Daniel Panico announced on his Faceback page that the annual Center Moriches Halloween March of the Goblins is on. It is on Main Street from 4:30-6 p.m.
Kids with costumes go from table to table where merchants and community groups hand out candy. Panico invited families from outside of Center Moriches to join in on the event and said it would be a safe alternative to trick-or-treating.
Town of Brookhaven Acting Supervisor Kathleen Walsh issued a news release Wednesday discouraging trick-or-treating, calling it "very dangerous" considering all the downed power lines and trees in the area.
Sharks, penguins, sea lions, sea horses and otters at the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center in Riverhead will be putting in a full day for kids’ sake.
Johanna Zucaro, a spokeswoman with the aquarium, said the exhibits opened today on time for trick-or-treaters.
Children ages 3 to 12 who come dressed in their costumes are welcome to take some candy and will be admitted free to the exhibits if they are accompanied by a paying adult, Zucaro said.
And at the Tanger Outlet in Deer Park, trick-or-treaters were already collecting candy when stores started giving it out at 9 a.m. That event lasts until 9 p.m., but a person answering the phone at the mall said the event is "while supplies last" so people shouldn't wait too long.
Early Wednesday afternoon, Southampton Village Mayor issued an executive order suspending trick-or-treating throughout the village at 6 p.m. Trick-or-treating on Elm Street — historically the most popular place to trick-or-treat in the village — and other streets will be permitted from 3-6 p.m.
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Above: Halloween decorations in Huntington Station took a beating from Sandy. (Oct. 30, 2012)