GREENBURGH, N.Y. — With some streets a little darker than usual, Greenburgh parents and children set out to go trick-or-treating Wednesday night — not letting Hurricane Sandy ruin the Halloween spirit.
Town officials urged residents to stay inside Wednesday night, as many streets with wires and hanging trees could still pose dangers. Because almost half the town lost power, it's dangerous to let young children walk on dark streets, said Greenburgh Chief of Police Joseph DeCarlo.
But that didn't stop Graciela Dimaulo of Elmsford, who said trick-or-treating for her and her two daughters was a last-minute decision. She wasn't sure if Halloween had been canceled or not, she said.
"I finally saw people on the street, so I said, 'Let's go,'" said Dimaulo while trick-or-treating with her daughters Katie and Stacy on South Lawn Street.
Others who were still without power Wednesday traveled to their family's and friend's homes to trick-or-treat and give candy out.
Greg Hollodak of Tarrytown said he and his family came to his brother's house in Elmsford so his family could trick-or-treat and hand out candy. His neighborhood still doesn't have electricity, he said.
Greenburgh residents whose neighborhoods were too dark or dangerous to trick-or-treat on were grateful for the annual indoor Halloween party held by the Theodore D. Young Community Center.
Saundra Thomas of Greenburgh said she was too worried to let her daughters Zoey and Zaira go out after Hurricane Sandy. It was her first time attending the party and she said she was happy there was an indoor alternative this year.
"It's very nice – it's something for the kinds to do that's safe," Thomas said.