Farmington Families Clear to Trick-or-Treat for Halloween

Police advise residents to use caution and enjoy holiday after last year's hiatus.

After a year without trick-or-treating, it looks like a second end-of-October storm won't stop Halloween. 

When the 2011 October snowstorm left the town littered with downed trees, limbs and electrical wires, trick-or-treating was deemed too dangerous. So naturally, when Hurricane Sandy hit Farmington just days before Halloween, parents and kids alike began to wonder if the holiday would be canceled this year, too.

But for the most part, Farmington Police Lt. Marshall Porter said, the town is safe and parents using common sense are free to trick or treat.

"Neighborhoods without power or that have roads blocked off because of trees, you want to stay away from those area but there's no reason to not trick-or-treat where roads are open and passable," Porter said Tuesday. "As long as yards and houses are clear of trees and downed wires."

In addition to trick-or-treating, Tunxis Hose Company No. 1 will host its annual Halloween party at the fire station, beginning at 6 p.m. There will be doughnuts, cider and candy and the traditional parade and costume contest. 

"We're glad we’re going to have it this year and kids can actually trick or treat first," said Fire Chief Brian Hunter.

Despite the storm, many children enjoyed Halloween thanks to the Tunxis Hose firefighters and volunteers at the town emergency shelter. Read about last year's party here

Kaitlin Glanzer October 31, 2012 at 04:17 PM
A note from a Facebook reader: "There is a line down on Hillside so please don't head up the hill. It is at the distant end of the cul-de-sac. No lights yet either." If you know of unsafe areas, please share them here.


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