SUDBURY — Patrick Corbett of Sudbury was on a mission Halloween night.
He pulled into the supermarket parking lot on Boston Post Road and confessed.
“My wife bought candy two weeks ago, and, between my grandson and I, we ate the candy,” Corbett said. “So, yeah, I’m on an emergency run to replace the candy.”
But Corbett knew the emergency was not dire, because Sudbury, like several other communities walloped by Hurricane Sandy’s fierce winds Monday, postponed Halloween festivities until Friday, as crews continue to remove downed trees, wires, and other debris. Other communities have pushed festivities to Saturday.
“Some of the electrical wires are live, and there are still roads in town that are impassable,” said Sergeant Todd Eadie of the Sudbury police. “We just didn’t think it would be prudent to have a bunch of little kids running around in the dark.”
For some Massachusetts communities, including Sudbury, this is the second year in a row that Halloween has been canceled or delayed because of rugged weather. This time last year, the region was hit with a freak nor’easter that dumped enough wet, heavy snow to topple trees yet to shed their leaves.
Widespread, long-lasting power outages last year forced many communities to put safety before candy. Sandy’s powerful gusts blew in a little deja vu this year for some trick-or-treaters.
Other communities postponing trick-or-treating until Saturday include Fitchburg, Methuen, North Andover, Leominster, Ashby, Holyoke, and Norwell.
In Norwell, the Board of Selectmen voted in emergency session Monday to push back trick-or-treating.
“Given the predictions of significant loss of power, wires down, and trees and limbs down, the board did not think it prudent to be having children trick-or-treating,” Gregg McBride, the board chairman, said in a statement issued shortly after the vote.
Postponing Halloween is not a big deal for the little ghouls, goblins, superheroes, and princesses of Sudbury, Corbett said.
“The little ones, to them it doesn’t matter, as long as they can go trick-or-treating,” said Corbett. “Halloween is not like Thanksgiving or Christmas. If you changed those, there’d be problems.”
By Wednesday night, some roads in Sudbury remained blocked by downed trees and wires, and some homes were still without power.
“Safety is more important,” resident Stuart Hamilton said. “The safety of the kids and of the parents is the thing that’s got to be the most important.”
Hudson resident Jen Taylor, who works in Sudbury, said many local children will not be disappointed.
“There will be double-
dippers coming to Sudbury on Friday,” Taylor said. “They’ll come from Hudson.”
In Lexington, an admitted double-dipper dressed as a stormtrooper expressed dismay that even though city leaders in Newton were allowing Halloween to proceed as scheduled, his mother was not going to allow him out on the nighttime candy circuit because of lingering concerns about debris.
The family tradition, said 10-year-old Arav Desai, is to go to downtown Lexington’s daytime Halloween event, then to Newton in the evening. Last year’s storm kept him from trick-or-treating in Lexington, and now Sandy has cramped his style again. “It has to be on Halloween,” Desai said.
The downtown trick-or-treating event brought out hundreds of children, happy that Halloween in Lexington was back on Halloween Day.
“It’s a tradition; they should keep it,’’ said Mary Cameron of Seabrook, N.H. “I see some [other towns] have canceled already. When my kids were young, we went out even in the rain.”
Ten-year-old Shanthi Krishnabachia, dressed as a fashion model, vividly remembers when Lexington postponed Halloween last year. But she said she does not care what day festivities are held, as long as she gets to dress up and get treats.
“We’re glad that they kept [the day], because the kids have been really looking forward to it,” Shanti’s mom, Hemina Krishnabachia, said. “Especially because last year was such a mess.”
But others are more traditional, like Charlotte Hobbs, who created her own ghoul costume for the Lexington festivities.
“We should have it on Halloween Day ,” the 10-year-old said. “You get double the candy. You can trade more with your sisters, you can eat more, and you can rot your teeth more.”