The city of Elkins is planning a party for youth to make up for the cancellation of trick-or-treating during Superstorm Sandy.
Elkins Mayor Duke Talbott said Wednesday a Halloween party at the Elkins-Randolph YMCA will be scheduled for the near future.
"As a city, we don't like telling anyone they shouldn't have fun," he said in a news release. "So it was hard for us to say we couldn't have Halloween at this time."
The press release cites several reasons why city council decided to cancel the annual event during Monday's City Council meeting.
"The fire department is still being called out for live downed power lines," the release stated. "There are numerous damaged branches still hanging down over power lines. There is an enormous amount of debris to be removed from the sidewalks, and now without daylight savings time, it is dark after 6 p.m."
According to the release, the situation is so dangerous that Police Chief H.R. White, Fire Department Chief Tom Meader and Talbott all said, "It's too unsafe to trick or treat."
The city is working with the YMCA to schedule the Halloween party for Elkins youth. No date has been determined yet.
In addition, Elkins Walmart employees are planning a "trunk or treat" event in the parking lot of the business on the Beverly five-lane on Saturday.
The event is slated for 6 to 7:30 p.m. and youth will be able to visit different cars to trick or treat. Employees are asking participants to bring a donation of canned food that will be given to local food pantries.
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