Their costumes were ready to go, but children in some southern Maine homes have to wait a bit longer to go trick-or-treating.

Some towns rescheduled trick-or-treating in the wake of the storm that left two-thirds of the state without power, while other towns said it was up to parents to decide whether it was safe.

Lebanon and North Berwick officials encouraged parents to keep their children home because of safety concerns.

Brunswick postponed its Halloween parade and trick-or-treating until 4:30 p.m. Friday. Cape Elizabeth public safety officials recommended families wait until Saturday. Bath and Topsham postponed trick-or-treating until Friday.

Cumberland, however, encouraged parents to ensure their children were safe but did not cancel Halloween on Tuesday.

“Halloween is not a town-regulated event and we wouldn’t like to get involved in the facilitating of when people can/should celebrate,” said an unsigned email that the town sent to residents.


In Portland and Biddeford, officials urged trick-or-treaters to be careful and watch for downed trees, debris and power lines, and to avoid streets where houses were without power.

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