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October 31. 2012 6:27PM

Peterborough school's trick-or-treat parade undeterred

PETERBOROUGH – Hurricane Sandy may have postponed trick or treating on Halloween night, but the annual Peterborough Elementary School parade continued as planned Wednesday afternoon.

The witches, ghouls, super heroes, Harry Potters, Spider-Men, princesses and ninjas were freshly rested from two days off in a row courtesy of the power outages Sandy caused when it hit the state Monday night.

Trick-or-treating was to have been held on Halloween, last night, but lingering power outages in Peterborough caused town officials to push trick-or-treating to Saturday. The same goes for several other towns across the state.

Watching the parade with two of her grandchildren, Susan Crowley of Peterborough says she plans to go trick-or-treating with her four grandsons on Saturday and doesn't mind the postponement.

“It's good in a way cause we're always running home after (the parade) getting them feed and ready for trick-or-treating,” Crowley said.
Though Wednesday's weather seemed perfect for trick-or-treating, she added. “I think they were worried about falling branches.”

Some may see the postponement of Halloween trick-or-treating hours as one last blow from Hurricane Sandy, but some children are cheering the extension of the candy filled holiday.

“We're trying to get as many nights in as we can,” said Kat Latham, 14, of New Ipswich.

Kat was trick-or-treating in Hancock Wednesday night with her cousin who lives in town.

“I want to go to Peterborough, but I'm not sure my mom will let me,” said Mackenzie Wetherill, 12, of Hancock.

In Jaffrey, mother of four Michelle Williams said her children are already getting to trick-or-treat twice this year, Wednesday night in Jaffrey and last Friday at their school.

On Friday their school, St. Patrick School in Jaffrey, had a parking lot tailgating trick-or-treat night at which parents filled the parking lot to pass out candy to children from their vehicles. Neighboring Rindge also held a tailgate trick-or-treating night at its Recreation Center that same night.

In the past the Williams family has driven 40 minutes to Amherst to trick-or-treat.

“The houses, people do it up like its Christmastime. All the community is involved and all the houses are to the nines,” Williams said of Halloween in Amherst.

Though Amherst has moved its trick-or-treating to Friday, Williams said she thinks the family will stay home this weekend and save on gas money.

Franklin Pierce College has moved its trick-or-treating hours to tonight.

Rescheduled for Friday are Amherst, Northwood, Rochester, Somersworth and Strafford.

Rescheduled for Saturday are Boscawen, Dover, Greenland, Portsmouth and Rye.

Rescheduled for Sunday are Epping, Goffstown, Hudson, Londonderry, Merrimack and Salem.

Many towns like Brentwood, East Kingston, Hampton, Rollinsford and Stratham held trick-or-treating hours on Sunday, just before the storm hit.


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