LEICESTER, Mass. — Though Leicester is still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, the town's Halloween celebrations are still on course and Leicester Police Chief is reminding residents to stay safe during the holiday.
While other towns in Central Massachusetts have postponed their trick-or-treating due to the storm, Leicester will still have trick-or-treating hours from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Throughout the hurricane, the town's highway department and public safety officials were responding to various outages and reports of downed branches, but Hurley said overall the town was able to weather the storm well.
At least 247 residents are still without power, primarily in the areas of Henshaw Street and Charlton Street.
"On both of those streets they have removed the trees off the wires," said Hurley. "We're looking at late today or tomorrow hopefully for everybody."
Police still have added patrols out for storm coverage, which they plan on being able to divert for trick-or-treating hours if needed.
Hurley said that after 7 p.m., police will be moving trick-or-treaters along, hoping to have it all wrapped up to ensure everyone's safety.
"We recommend that residents turn their lights off at 7 p.m. and don't answer their door," said Hurley. "Without boundaries, it can go on to 9 or 10 at night, and the longer it goes, the more mischief that develops. It's also a traffic control issue, and we don't want to see anyone get hit by a car."
Hurley also reminds trick-or-treaters to wear clothing that is easily seen by drivers, doesn't restrict your ability to walk, and to only go to houses with the lights on.
"We want everybody to go out there and have a nice time trick-or-treating, and we don't want any problems," he said.