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.