WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Halloween will come late in a Rhode Island town hit hard by superstorm Sandy.
Town officials in Westerly on Wednesday advised residents to celebrate the holiday on Saturday instead. They said large-scale power outages and downed trees and power lines made it too dangerous for trick-or-treating.
Many residents along Rhode Island’s southern coast still lack power after Sandy, which toppled trees and flooded some oceanfront areas. Other communities less affected by the storm went ahead with Halloween plans — though officials from the governor on down urged extra caution.
In Westerly, 3-year-old Jacob McKiel wasn’t about to let some storm named Sandy get in the way of his fun.
He was in full dinosaur costume — scaly head to scaly toe — with his brother at Benny’s on Wednesday afternoon. His stepmom, Carrie Dearborn, who was sporting a red feather boa and multicolored skirt that made her ‘‘the Crayon Lady,’’ had stopped in to get some last-minute candy.
Dearborn, who lives in Hopkinton, said she usually takes the boys to the ‘‘Halloween stroll’’ in downtown Westerly, sponsored in part by Downtown Business Association. But the change had an upside for Jacob, she pointed out: He normally only gets to wear his costume during trick-or-treating. This year, he got to wear it all afternoon.
Jacob’s 11-year-old brother Nicolas, who is in the sixth grade, showed off a black rubber mask with big white teeth that made him look vaguely like Skeletor. He, too, was taking the Halloween delay in stride.
‘‘I was kinda hoping to do it tonight,’’ he said, ‘‘but things happen.’’