10-31-19 Halloween 1

John H. Fuller Elementary students and faculty watch fellow Falcons go up on stage to show off their costumes in the school’s gymnasium Thursday. The annual Halloween costume parade was held inside because of the rain. (JAMIE GEMMITI PHOTO)

OSSIPEE — Little boos and ghouls hoping to collect candy Thursday in some area towns may have to wait a little longer as trick-or-treating in several places in the county was postponed due to forecasts predicting rain and wind gusts up to 17 mph on Halloween night.

While some find a dark, stormy night the perfect accompaniment to a haunted holiday, Ossipee police posted Wednesday on Facebook that they were recommending trick-or-treating hours there be postponed until Saturday night from 5-8 p.m.

Lt. Anthony Castaldo said police want to let people plan accordingly and know when to expect kids.

He said that in one Center Ossipee neighborhood the community goes "all out"  with decorating. The affair is so big the department has an extra patrol to cover it.

"If you want to go trick-or-treating in the rain, that's fine, go ahead," said Castaldo, who said he didn't think that would be much fun.

Not everyone agreed with the Ossipee Police Department's post.

"We have all been trick-or-treating in weather like this for decades," Jamie Maxim Kelleye commented on the Facebook page. "Everyone is just wimps and raising wimps nowadays. My son and I will be out with our umbrellas tonight in Conway with all the others who aren't afraid of a bit of rain."

Fellow commenter Kelley Bushman had a different opinion.

"It’s not safe when people driving can’t see in the rain and most kids are running around with black costumes," said Bushman.

Conway Parks and Recreation Director John Eastman on Wednesday said the town would go forward with its planned trick-or-treat hours of 5-8 p.m. on Halloween night in the Conways.

Bartlett Recreation's Annette G. Libby said trick-or-treating would be held in the village on Thursday night, "rain or shine."

But Moultonborough also moved its trick-or-treating to Saturday 5-8 p.m., while Tuftonboro moved theirs to Saturday 5-7 p.m.

When Effingham joined Ossipee and moved its trick or treating hours to Saturday from 5-8 p.m., the post got some attention in the wrong Effingham.

"I’m pretty sure more people from Illinois shared this damn post than people from NH!" said Ali Marie on the Effingham Police Department's Facebook page.

Meanwhile, Freedom was living up to its name.

"It's hard to tell people not to go trick-or-treating on Halloween," said Police Chief Josh Shackford, adding that the town of Freedom only postponed Halloween once years ago because of a snowstorm.

Madison also moved its Halloween to Saturday, though "I'm going tonight," quipped Kyle Clarke on Madison Police Department's Facebook page.

Madison Police Chief Bob King said in Madison it's up to police to coordinate the trick-or-treating hours. He anticipated that wind would cause police to be busy with downed power lines and activated alarms and therefore officers wouldn't be able to keep an eye on traffic and children in the street.

He said the fact that Halloween celebrations would be occurring on two nights in Carroll County "works to the kids' advantage" as they can "double dip."

The town of Wakefield posted an announcement on its webpage on Wednesday saying that selectmen and police decided to move trick or treating to Saturday from 5-8 p.m.

The town of Tamworth was scheduled to have One Stop Trick or Treating Thursday night at the K.A. Brett School, 881 Tamworth Road, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Curfew for all trick-or-treaters there is 8:30 p.m.

Sweet Street was on in Jackson on Thursday from 4-6 p.m. Participating Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce businesses set up “Trick or Treat” stations inside the Whitney Community Center located in Jackson Village next to the Jackson Grammar School.

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