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Halloween Prevails in Westport

WESTPORT, Conn. – A little snow on the ground, scattered power outages and a recommendation from town officials to postpone trick-or-treating wasn't enough to keep Westporters from celebrating Halloween on Monday night.

"If it was really that dangerous outside, why wasn't school canceled like it was following Hurricane Irene?" mom Kelly Disotell said in response to the town's recommendation to postpone trick-or-treating to Saturday.

"Honestly, you can't turn around and say it's not safe to go trick-or-treating after deeming it safe for mine and other children to go outside this morning and wait for the bus when there were probably more hazards then than there are now."

Disotell, who was at the library Monday afternoon using her laptop, said she was "absolutely" taking her 6-year-old daughter Aimée and 9-year-old son Ian trick-or-treating. In fact, she said that because her home had yet to have its power restored, that was more reason to be out of the house.

Westport native Tara Williams, who now lives in Redding, also said she wasn't deterred and planned to take her son, Connor, trick-or-treating by Compo Beach.

"There are a lot of things you can postpone, but Halloween?" said Williams, who was at the library with Connor. "So far, he hasn't had a Halloween. We missed the trick-or-treating on Main Street last week, his school was cancelled today — so I'm not putting it off another five days."

Having grown up in town by the beach, Williams fondly recalls trick-or-treating there, another reason she and Connor, who was dressed as Batman, were forging ahead with their plans.

They weren't alone. By 5 p.m., parents and excited children were making their rounds along Soundview Drive.

"You can't cancel Halloween," dad Steve Winiger said as he walked behind his kids along the road. "We wouldn't miss this for the world."

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