While many surrounding towns – including Branford, East Haven and North Haven – have chosen to postpone trick-or-treating to Nov. 7, Halloween is on in North Branford. Though residents are welcome to trick-or-treat in their neighborhoods, the Connecticut Sportsplex will also host a Trunk-or-Treat event.
Bonnie Therrien, the town's interim town manager, encourages residents to use common sense when choosing routes.
"Some sections of town are perfect with no issues and the rest of the people need to use a lot of judgement," said Therrien.
At the morning briefing on Oct. 30, Therrien stressed the importance of using common sense when heading out as there are still downed trees and wires, power outages and debris.
State Rep. Vincent Candelora, whose family runs the Sportsplex, is offering residents another option, too.
"There's a group of us who go out for Halloween together every year and given that our neighborhood is without power, I’m not comfortable with our kids in the pitch black with all the sticks and debris," said Rep. Candelora. "We have power at the Sportsplex so we decided we could do a Trunk-or-Treat there."
Don't know what Trunk-or-Treat is? People pull into parking spaces with the trunks of their cars facing out and kids can go from car to car 'trunk'-or-treating. You can deck out your trunk with Halloween decor or just bring your candy to hand out.
Cars can start filling up the parking lot at 5 p.m. with the Trunk-or-Treat starting at 6:30 p.m. The fieldhouse will be open while the cars line up. Kids can enjoy the playscape and pizza, hot dogs and sodas will be available for $2.
"We just wanted to provide a place where everyone can enjoy Halloween in a safe environment," said Rep. Candelora.
Mayor Anthony Candelora also stressed safety first no matter which option you choose for trick-or-treating.
"Please use caution and stay away from areas without power," said Mayor Candelora.
And don't forget, Patch's Best Halloween Costume Contest (in America) is underway so be sure to snap those photos and upload them to the gallery for a chance to win $5,000.