Updated 10/31/2012 09:06 PM
Pittsfield residents celebrate Halloween days after Sandy
Many Berkshire County residents celebrated Halloween, trick or treating from house to house. Some took safety precautions since Sandy hit the area just a few days ago. Berkshire County reporter Madeleine Rivera talked with some people about their plans.
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- "Get some candy," said Jazmyn Wilson when asked what she wanted for Halloween.
But she and many kids in Pittsfield are lucky to go trick and treating, given that Sandy touched down here just a few days ago.
"We were fortunate enough to miss the biggest part of the storm here in the Berkshires. But nothing was going to stop me. I have two brand new grandchildren and this is a big deal for us," said Lisa Boatman, a Pittsfield resident.
Many Berkshire County residents are lucky. But in New York and New Jersey, many Halloween activities were either postponed or canceled. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie moved Halloween to next Monday. Mayor Bloomberg also canceled the New York Halloween Parade for the first time since it began almost 40 years ago.
"I feel bad for New Jersey because they couldn't have trick or treating on this night and it kind of takes away Halloween," said Joseph Dondey, who went trick or treating with his family.
Even though Berkshire County escaped the worst, residents were still cautious.
"We're heading to our friend's house. They live in a nice neighborhood where there's lots of homes that are pretty close together and they didn't lose power and they've had no downed limbs or power lines, so we feel pretty good about the safety in that area," said Aimee Barrett, a Pittsfield resident.
Some neighborhoods are so busy you probably can't even tell that Sandy hit this area just a few days ago. Understandably, Sandy didn't hit Berkshire County as hard as New York or New Jersey, but residents here seem to truly enjoy Halloween.
Not all of Berkshire County held trick or treating on Halloween. Some cities and towns rescheduled. Residents can check their local city hall for more information.