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Trick-or-Treating is On At Parents' Discretion

Wayland officials recommend seeking alternative Halloween activities, but offer tips if parents do decide to allow trick-or-treating.

Wayland public safety officials are not officially calling off trick-or-treating, but do recommend parents "seek an alternative to traditional trick-or-treating."

According to a release from Police Chief Robert Irving, "Officials believe that the extent of the damage makes it unsafe in many neighborhoods for children to be trick-or-treating tonight."

As of the 8:30 a.m. NSTAR update (the most recent available) 25 percent of Wayland remianed without power.

If parents do allow trick-or-treating tonight, public safety officials offer the following recommendations:

  • Do not allow trick or treating in any neighborhood without power.
  • Parents should accompany their children, regardless of the age of the child.
  • Bring a bright flashlight and stay on the side of the road and walkways wherever possible. Children should not be cutting through yards because of the possibility of low hanging wires or branches.
  • Curtail “trick or treating” to finish earlier than normal, to avoid the risks associated with low branches and wires not being seen in the dark.

Additional Wayland police officers will be on patrol tonight and are available at the Public Safety Building while supplies last.

Barbara Ryan October 31, 2011 at 05:03 PM
I think a good alternative would be to postpone trick-or-treating until Friday night as Sudbury is doing.
Stephanie October 31, 2011 at 05:38 PM
What would this "alternative to trick or treating" be? I'm pretty sure my kids who have been counting down the days to Halloween wouldnt be happy with an "alternative" so if town officials truly believe it's unsafe to be out tonight why wouldnt they just postpone so everyone can have a fun and safe holiday?
Brooklyn Lowery October 31, 2011 at 06:23 PM
@Stephanie. Apparently some Wayland parents agree with you. Trunk-or-treat is being organized at Claypit Hill. Details: http://patch.com/A-ntW2

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