Breaking News: Official Notice From the Office Of Mayor Kirk Regarding Halloween and Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy Update: City of Gloucester Urges Children’s Halloween Celebrations for this Sunday, October 28th

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Gloucester, MA – Due to uncertainty surrounding the path of Hurricane Sandy and the potential severity of the storm in the community, Mayor Carolyn Kirk and the City of Gloucester announce that all residents are encouraged to celebrate Halloween “trick or treating” on Sunday, October 28th between the hours of 4pm and 6pm.

Weather forecasters are predicting favorable conditions on Sunday afternoon and early evening prior to the possible arrival of a storm on Monday and Tuesday. With Halloween falling on Wednesday, October 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. 

“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 Mayor Kirk.

As an alternative to trick or treating, there is a Halloween Party on Sunday from 2pm to 5pm at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Rogers Street.  The party is free to all of Gloucester’s children between the ages of 1 and 8.  Children must be accompanied by an adult, and there will be crafts, games, face painting, freeze frame dancing, and prizes for best costumes.  The party is sponsored by the Gloucester Downtown Association. 

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. City officials have remained in contact with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency on Friday to ensure the most up-to-date information related to Hurricane Sandy.

13 comments

  • It works for me.

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  • it sucks in the rain so works for me too!

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  • Like honestly! Its going to be like the rest of hurricanes a tropical depression by the time it hits!

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  • Why between 4-6 it’s not even dark yet. Half the fun is being out in the dark. Fine if you want to switch the day although odd but I think the hours need to be expanded.

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  • I found out about this on Boston Herald! This should be headline and STREAMING NEWS in order for the word to get out, along with signs at the Rotary, and automated calls to ALL residents,otherwise it will be a bust for those poor kids that do go out on Sunday!

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    • More notice I think should have done it next Friday no hours just let people do it

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      • Everyone has their own ideas of when it should be held. Fact is we have a major storm on its way and acting with the best knowledge available an executive decision was made to URGE people to do it when it will be safe. I remember back in College there was a threat of a hurricane and we as students were all brilliantly going outside acting like dopes that was until I saw pieces of the slate roofs on campus wizzing around like frisbees. If anyone got hit with one of those they would have been decapitated.

        The press release wasn’t law, it said that it “urges’ people to do it at a certain time.
        If no statement was made and people were seriously injured they would be mocked for not issuing a warning.

        Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. In this case I’m happy to know the mayor is proactively looking out for the safety of our children.

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  • why does it say 4 to 6 p.m.??? are we not allowed out after six?????

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    • The first line says “Due to uncertainty surrounding the path of Hurricane Sandy and the potential severity of the storm in the community, Mayor Carolyn Kirk and the City of Gloucester announce that all residents are encouraged to celebrate Halloween “trick or treating” on Sunday, October 28th between the hours of 4pm and 6pm.”

      Urges being the key word here so I am assuming you are but as a concerned Mayor and City they are taking the cautious approach which should be commended.:

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  • Why 4-6? My kids like it dark!

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  • Thank you for posting information.

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  • How will we tell who is participating in handing out candy? will they still put on their light at 4pm?

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  • I like doing crafts with my children like Halloween Scenes!

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