Downed trees, power lines hinder trick-or-treating
WESTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- A lot of people have had close calls with Hurricane Sandy, but for some kids the real fear was of no Halloween.
Crews made some headway which boded well for some children hoping to head out to trick-or-treat on Wednesday night.
A neighborhood in Needham was in the dark for the second day after Hurricane Sandy’s winds blew through. One resident, William Lee, decorated his Clark Road house for Halloween, but with his street blocked off with downed wires and no lights on in the homes, he didn’t expect many ghosts and ghouls to pay him a visit.
“There’s always next year to make up for it, but this year we’ll adapt to it,” said Lee.
In Weston, cars were left to drive under a danger zone.
“The tree can fall any moment. And it’s braced on another tree. It’s a concern of ours,” said Joe Mullin, who is still without power.
It meant hundreds of family turned to Fenway instead of their neighborhood streets.
“There’s trees down, power lines down everywhere -- it’s a disaster,” said Annabel Marsica, a parent.
“I thought since it was so close to Halloween, there would still be a storm and we wouldn’t be able to trick-or-treat,” said Siobhan Lutz, a Fenway trick-or-treater.
“[Fenway] is a nice, safe, easy place to get to and an easy place to be,” said Lia Novotny, a parent.
Power outages caused by Sandy made trick-or-treating an issue in other communities.
In Norton, utility crews were busy trying to get the lights turned back on. Town officials considered canceling Halloween.
“Especially now with all the leaves down you could have a downed wire and had that wire covered with the leaves and someone wouldn’t know that was there and that it was live. And we did have a number of live downed wires [on Tuesday],” said Michael Yunits, Norton town manager.
But, by Wednesday afternoon, town officials decided the streets were safe and gave the go ahead for trick-or-treaters.
They may have had to walk through mounds of leaves, but it wasn't going to stop one cast of characters from Halloween.
“It's a little treacherous but we're doing what we can we're having fun,” said J.B. Sloan, a parent.
One Norton mother who has been in the dark for two days said she’s happy to hear the holiday is still on.
“My kids would be disappointed because I have little ones, so even the older kids, it’s festive, it’s nice. They cut back on a lot of things so Halloween we all look forward to,” said Patty Desmarais, who lost power in the storm.
Utility crews worked into the night in Weston on Wednesday. Weston officials postponed Halloween because of the dangers of downed trees and power lines.