Hurricane Sandy’s superstorm has kept local trick-or-treat times in turmoil.
Previously, the Mercer County Commission and City of Princeton voted to schedule trick-or-treat times 6-8 p.m., Tuesday. But, snowy sidewalks and wintry conditions could complicate the candy-collecting rite of passage.
Mercer County Commission J.W. "Jay" Mills urged parents to keep their children off the streets due to the weather conditions.
"We're under a national emergency," Mills said. "It's just too dangerous for the kids to be out there tonight."
However, no official action had been taken on the part of the County Commission to move trick-or-treating to a day with more suitable weather conditions.
Mercer County Commissioner Mike Vinciguerra advised Princeton Times that the county panel had not made an official decision to change the trick-or-treat time by mid-morning Tuesday.
He expected that commissioners might discuss the issue at some point during the day.
“We’re just going to leave it like it is, which is for tonight,” Princeton Mayor Patricia Wilson reported Tuesday morning. “We’ve considered changing it, but there’s no guarantee that tomorrow night will be any better. And, we don’t think we have enough time to get the word out about the change now.”
According to Weather.com, snow and windy conditions are expected to continue overnight and into the day Wednesday, possibly changing to rain in the afternoon. Temperatures are expected to range from the low 30s Tuesday to a high of 38 Wednesday afternoon.
Of course, like Mills, Wilson emphasized that parents should use their own discretion on whether it is safe for their children to go trick-or-treating.
For families that decide to postpone the tradition, the Princeton Times has rescheduled Trick-or-Treat at the Times for Friday, Nov. 2, 1:30-5:30 p.m.
Weather conditions then are expected to be partly sunny, dry and in the mid-40s.
For information on Trick-or-Treat at the Times, contact the newspaper office at 304-425-8191.
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