The city of Cleveland Heights has decided to move trick-or-treating from Wednesday, Halloween night to Sunday, Nov. 4, due to the bad weather conditions predicted for Wednesday and caused by Hurricane Sandy.
The time will remain the same — 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
"We don't want to put any children or families or safety forces in harms way," said Mayor Ed Kelley. "We want the kids and families to have a good time."
The forecast for Wednesday calls for breezy conditions, temperatures in the mid 40s and a 90 percent chance of rain. According to the National Weather Service, Sunday's weather looks better — sunny and temperatures in the mid 50s, though the forecast for the evening is not available yet on the NWS site. The Weather Channel predicts a 20 percent chance of rain and temperatures in the mid 40s.
Leaf collection, which was supposed to begin Oct. 29, has also been delayed in Cleveland Heights.
Several other cities, including Beachwood, Solon, Lakewood and Mentor, have moved their trick-or-treat nights as well.
Residents who plan to hand out goodies should leave their porch lights on and check for any possible tripping hazards like flower pots and low or downed tree limbs.
The city provided parents and guardians a list of safety tips in the latest edition of the quarterly FOCUS magazine. Here are a few reminders to make candy collecting fun and worry-free:
- A parent or guardian should accompany young trick-or-treaters
- Carry a flashlight
- Make sure children can see out of eye holes if wearing masks
- Make sure costumes are fire-proof
- Only go to homes with the porch lights on, and do not enter stragers' houses
- Adults should check treats before allowing children to eat the holiday candy
- Never consume unwrapped candy or beverages