Mayor Carolyn Kirk, citing the destructive potential of Hurricane Sandy on the city, is encouring all residents to celebrate Halloween trick-or-treating Sunday, Oct. 28, between the hours of 4 and 6 p.m.
Weather forecasters are predicting favorable conditions on Sunday afternoon and early evening prior to the possible arrival of the storm on Monday and Tuesday. With Halloween falling on Wednesday, Oct. 31, state and local public safety officials are concerned about the potential impacts of Sandy.
Depending on Sandy’s track, by Halloween, the city and residents may possibly be facing widespread power outages, downed limbs, and lingering rainfall, Kirk said.
“Every child in the city and their families want to enjoy a safe Halloween tradition without the concern, confusion, or fear that a favorite holiday will be jeopardized by the storm, so we are urging neighbors to have children celebrate early in good weather, without concern for public safety issues that might arise as a result of the storm,” said Kirk.
The city made the decision to celebrate Halloween early in consultation with Gloucester public safety officials and after receiving an updated weather report from the National Weather Service, Kirk said. City officials will remain in contact with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency to ensure the most up-to-date information related to Hurricane Sandy.