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Hudson Valley Halloween: Trick-or-treating rescheduled, canceled
With trees down, travel restricted and states of emergency still in effect in towns across the Hudson Valley, most Halloween events in the area have been canceled or postponed.
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano is asking kids to stay at home or close to it to celebrate Halloween Wednesday, on top of issuing a 6 p.m. curfew for everyone under 18 years old.
The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze, an annual favorite at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, has been on hold and won't resume until Thursday. Organizers are offering refunds for the canceled dates and have added an extra night to their schedule. Ticket holders can check out the group's website to reschedule or get more information on refunds.
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Some municipal officials are talking about how to handle trick-or-treaters in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, dubbed the 'Frankenstorm.'
Dobbs Ferry school parents canceled planned Halloween festivities even before the schools announced they would be closed Wednesday, said Lisa Ferrara, president of the Dobbs Ferry Parent Teacher Student Association. Most of the village was still without power Tuesday afternoon.
"To a certain extent kids will be disappointed, but safety has to come first," said Kelly Chiarella, Westchester East Putnam Region PTA director who lives in Yonkers.
Orange County spokeswoman Orysia Dmytrenko said decisions about Halloween celebrations there would be left to municipal leaders. A snowstorm in 2011 prompted some supervisors to change Halloween plans, Westchester County spokeswoman Donna Greene said.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino said parents should consider safety issues before allowing their children to go door-to-door.
"At this point, parents have to determine whether it's safe enough for their children to go out and trick-or-treat. It's not worth going out for a Snickers bar and getting hurt," Astorino said.
Across much of southern Westchester, where downed trees have blocked major arteries and tree limbs are hanging by threads, several towns still have active states of emergency, and powerless neighborhoods remain pitch dark at night.
For adults, though, there are some places where the party will go on. Bars in White Plains still have juice, and their owners are hoping the promise of cold beer will lure people whose fridges stopped humming Monday.
One such venue is the Brazen Fox -- a previously scheduled costume party will go on, according to a bartender at the popular pub. Prizes for the best costumes include free gas for a year, a two-hour open-bar party for 10 people, and an XBOX 360. Festivities start at 9:30 p.m.
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