Mayor Maturo: East Haven Trick-Or-Treating Remains Scheduled for Tonight

"Parents have to use their own judgment for normal weather conditions with their families. Please listen to the forecast and take precautions," East Haven Mayor Maturo says.

As today's Nor'easter begins to move into the area, many residents had once again began to question whether or not East Haven's Halloween trick-or-treating celebration — which has already been postponed once last week due to Hurricane Sandy — would be still move on as planned tonight, or be postponed again to a later date this week due to the storm.

East Haven Patch followed up Wednesday morning with the East Haven Mayor's Office, looking to confirm if the date would be moved or not.

The following is the response Patch received, which is the reply Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr has been sending to residents in reply to emails asking about the holiday's status.

It appears in full below:

"The three towns postponed Trick or Treating because of life and death problems (power lines on street and hurricane).  We did this last week. We cannot keep postponing a holiday because of weather. Last year we had a snow storm and it was not canceled. Parents have to use their own judgment for normal weather conditions with their families. Please listen to the forecast and take precautions. Hope you understand, and thanks."

CAjones November 07, 2012 at 09:46 PM
It's like the running joke for the Democrats. These people even at the local level have this feeling of entitlement. They must depend on their government officials to provide even the simplest of things....in this case, common sense. The bad Mayor won't postpone Halloween..waa waa, what will we do? I bet if Obama was Mayor he would re-distribute all the candy to the crying East Haven people who can't figure out how to entertain their children during a snowy Halloween. Poor babies.
Ginger DeMatteo November 07, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Here's a thought. Why don't all the complaining people think about donating all your unused candy to those less fortunate, those that don't have a home to go trick or treating from? I am sure there are a few thousand kids in New York and New Jersey that would appreciate something sweet. Why not think about that, rather than all the $$ wasted because the mayor won't reschedule Halloween? (Sarcastic tone)
High Ridge Resident November 07, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Here's an idea, make alternative plans and move on. Kids will go through a lot of disappointments in their lives, so start prepping them for it now. Get creative people, do something with your kids if they can't survive w/o Halloween for a year
unknownauthor November 07, 2012 at 10:12 PM
i agree i think it is sooo stupid that they didnt post pone it , All other Towns did but are did not , he has alot of nerve not doing it i think the town should come together and just post pone it our selves till saturday
unknownauthor November 07, 2012 at 10:15 PM
I am doing the same with my family , it's messed up they didn't post pone it for these kids. If somethin happens to a child who does go out it will be devistating...
Traci Lizondro November 07, 2012 at 10:16 PM
That's absurd. It's not about the candy for the kids, it's about putting on their costumes and going trick or treating with their friends. Greedy?? Really?? I can't imagine, with that ridiculous attitude, you have children. I also cannot imagine that you will be giving out much of that candy you're "handing out...TONIGHT not Saturday" with the kind of weather we're having.
unknownauthor November 07, 2012 at 10:16 PM
true .......
unknownauthor November 07, 2012 at 10:18 PM
So u would rather see these young kids who are looking forward to going out , not go out at all or allow them to go out and god forbid them get hurt...... Thats sounds greedy huhhhhhh
unknownauthor November 07, 2012 at 10:20 PM
I agree, i think it's so stupid of them not to post pone it , yeahhh it's only halloween but these kids look forward to it ik my son does he is only 5 years old ....
unknownauthor November 07, 2012 at 10:24 PM
unknownauthor November 07, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Very well said, I agree
Cheri Foster November 07, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Is it any safer tonight than last week? was it the dumbest thing you ever heard last week? Why is it that all the people who have something to say about the parents who would just like to have halloween for their kids said nothing when he canceled it last week.. why do any of you think it's ok to insult people, question their competencey as a parent, or make your "little digs" why is it that if you think this is the dumbest thing you ever heard, you don't spend "your time" being proactive instead of responding to our "foolishness". and yes I do feel I have entitlement....He works for me and everyone else in this town, he is paid by us tax payers.
unknownauthor November 07, 2012 at 10:37 PM
I think we should just post pone it are selves, All ik i will have my light on , on saturday for anyone with children that is going to take them out. It's not about the candy i have a huge garbage bag filled of it waiting for kids to come to my door . It's about seeing ur kid in teir costume , seeing their great big smiles on their faces, haveing a good time. Not having to worry about them slipping up peoples stairs and driveways and having to worry about cars slipping on the streets you are on with ur kids. We should just cancle it our selves . ik i will be for saturday either way.
Rosie November 07, 2012 at 10:51 PM
"Is it any safer tonight than last week?" What a stupid statment. It shouldn't take the Mayor, or any other official to have to call off Halloween because of dangerous conditions. That should have been the parents job, if they are competant enough to even do that. My kids were not going out on Halloween whether the mayor cancelled or not...it was too dangerous. I didn't need the mayor to make that call for me. My kids aren't going tonight whether the mayor cancelled or not. To dangerous. And again, I still didn't need the mayor to make that call. It's called being a responsible parent. We had our own Halloween with family and friends and the kids were more than happy. If you just want to have Halloween for your kids, then have it. We did. It's called being proactive. But to blame the Mayor? Cop out...
Sam Giglio November 07, 2012 at 10:51 PM
The front Lights have been on for two hours not one little child yet, First one to ring the Bell will get a big load of candy I sure donot want to eat it all
susan November 07, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Lets all go to mayor joes house! Saturday it is for me...the heck w the mayor
susan November 07, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Or have a candy scavenger hunt in your own house....then a movie
James Salvati November 07, 2012 at 10:59 PM
You have to be kidding !!! i'll wait to see how many children come to my door tonight.Trick or Treat guess all you youngin' are tricked sorry,POSTPONE IT JOE FOR GODS SAKE.
Sam Giglio November 07, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Wish we could take candy to the local Schools in your area so they can hand it out, But I guess that would not be good for the BOE
frankthebunny November 07, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Looks like the witch "super storm sandy" and her buddy "nor'easter stole Halloween.... this sucks.
Cheri Foster November 07, 2012 at 11:53 PM
It was not a statement it was a question. And more insults...very mature.... I don't need a Mayor to tell me like he did last week, or I am sure any other parent if their children should be out in this weather..yet an other insult... Thanks for your input, but I know what my options are, and I certainly don't need you to tell me how to be a resposable parent, yet another insult. All I was trying to say is...what would it have been to push it up to Sat? nothing more, thats all!! Then the insults and insinuations start and blow it all out of proportion. I dont blame the mayor for the weather, the damage to my home, or postphonig halloween for that matter, just trying to make a little normal happen for my kids, but like I said, people have no idea what the situations may be for people and why they feel the way they do, but make totally uncalled for comments about it. Cop out.....Really.... if you call being away and not having time to throw a halloween party for my friends and family because i was in NJ helpiing family pack what they have left to bring them here to a nor easter a cop out.... I dont think so... I think that would be PROACTIVE.
Rosie November 08, 2012 at 12:10 AM
If that is the case, then I would think Halloween would be the last thing on your mind...just saying. You have just proved just how ridicuous it is to be worried about Halloween, when there is sooo much more to worry about. I wish your family the best.
Heather November 08, 2012 at 12:16 AM
How did this guy even become mayor?! I have lived here one year and I have been ready to move out for a year. He's useless, selfish and absurd. Let's see how many kids got hurt tonight and hope he gets the crap sued out of him due to his rediculous comments. I hate this town, and you morons that clearly don't have kids that make these comments about candy is bought for the neighborhood and we shouldn't go to a town that wants everyone safe, stuff it. My daughter is not going to slip and die on your steps tonight... But I would like you try and walk around with big bulky snowsuits with a costume over it since you think joe has all the smart ideas. Let's put it this way, there are snow mobiles on my road right now and the wind and snow is only getting stronger. East havens finest... Ugh
Giancarlo "Luigi" Jones November 08, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Had a couple of 15 year old "kids" show up at my door on Hellstrom. I axed them what you want? We want candy they says. Says that mayor Joe said there a trick or treat. Told 'em to go to Mayor Joe's house then, and slammed the door on these delinquents. Good Lord, Help us!
Cheri Foster November 08, 2012 at 01:11 AM
It is the case, and thats why last week was erelevant to me. I am not worried about halloween, I was like I said trying to make a little normal for my kids and family from NJ I don't think thats rediculous. I was not angry about halloween, I was disapointed. And I am sure you have much more important things to worry about other than my opinion of halloween! But thank you for your well wishes.
Kim wilk November 08, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Just an idea Joe should open town hall Saturday from 12-2 and have a parade like the cove did east haven parents and candy givers can had out candy there, this way here the kids show off what they are wearing they get candy and it during the afternoon so noone gets hurt. and noone has to stay home on a saturday night for trick or treaters or the hell the teenangers was rise becasue its a saturday night
Kim M November 08, 2012 at 02:07 AM
No one is blaming the Mayor for controlling the weather. And YES children are capable of remembering from year to year. I find your comment rude & insulting to parents who disagree with the Mayor's judgment call and lack of consideration of families with small children in regards to their safety and quality of life in the town. Tonight is much more unsafe then last week was even. We were only asking him to consider following suit like Milford, West Haven & Branford. And a scapegoat for what blame? No one blamed the weather on him. BUT he is in fact responsible for the disappointment of the children because he was the only one who had the power to control postponing it to another day. Trust me, I am so over Halloween, and candy, and ready to move on. BUT is honestly don't understand why he didn't just do as the other towns did and let the kids have the day they were looking forward to.
Kim M November 08, 2012 at 02:15 AM
The last few years Mayor April opened up the town hall for trick or treating. It was really well organized and well done. It was nice to have a Mayor who took the kids (our future) into consideration and planned structured events for them to participate in. I am yet to see any times of social, recreational or enrichment programs being instituted by Maturo. Guess he's too busy buying tacos.
Angels Among Us November 08, 2012 at 05:01 AM
I agree, however I think that If I do go to Branford for the Grands to show off their costumes, I will bring candy with me to give out as well. At least it wont be in my house any more. 1 bag down, two to go.
Jen November 08, 2012 at 01:53 PM
I think you lost track of things or don't have children that are excited to go trick or treating! It should have been moved also! As far as kids going to other towns it happens all the time. The only thing not right are comments like this.


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