The city of Havre de Grace is planning to trick or treat Halloween night but participants will have to be more careful in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
"Please be aware that trick or treating will not be allowed in areas that are without power, have tree limbs or power lines down," the city posted on its website.
As of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, BGE reported that almost 8,000 Harford County customers were without power. In Havre de Grace, they are scattered, so the city advised parents to accompany children and stay vigilant.
Police also had some tips for staying safe.
“If you do have youngsters out there that are trick or treating, make sure they have an appropriate costume,” Chief of Police Teresa Walter said. “Encourage them to walk on the sidewalks and escort them. We want to make sure it’s a fun, safe Halloween.”
Havre de Grace police advise children to have highly visible/reflective bags or belts now that sunset is arriving earlier.
“If they can knock it out and get their trick or treating done before dark, that would be best, by 6:30 p.m.,” Jeff Gilpin, spokesman for the Havre de Grace Police Department, said.
"We’ll have a few extra officers out this evening," he added. "It should be a good evening."
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"A lot of times [the convicted offenders'] probation officers will remind them of the terms and conditions," Gilpin said, in advance of Halloween.