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Trick-or-treaters brave darkness in some powerless neighborhoods

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Some area neighborhoods still do not have electricity because of Hurricane Sandy. Did the general darkness affect trick-or-treating? We went to a darkened section of Montgomery County to find out.

Portions of Poolesville, Md. still do not have electricity, although it's clear from the decorations on many porches and lawns that residents here like to celebrate Halloween.

Eight-year-old twins Ian and William Boehm dressed up as a demented clown and a headless horseman. They did not want to give up trick-or-treating.

"Because Halloween is fun," explained Ian though his clown mask. "And it's close to our birthday, and it's like my favorite holiday. And it's really fun going around in our costumes."

But with sunset approaching, the parents of the Boehm brothers worried about the street lights being out.

"Obviously, you can see the[ir] costumes are a little dark, and, so without streetlights and things, it's just a little more dangerous," explained Jason Boehm, the father of the twins.

But the parents couldn't say no. They agreed to take the boys to Poolesville neighborhoods that still have power.

The lack of power was pushing the Kwiatek family to complexly change their Halloween plans, which had included trick or treating with their 10-month-old son Eli.

Keri Kwiatek told us: "We have a costume for him and everything ... but it's too cold in our house. And we are out of here. We're heading for a hotel."

Even in this powerless neighborhood, some youngsters (in groups, under the supervision of nearby parents) did go door-to-door asking for treats.

Jason Stanford's children were dressed as a witch and two vampires.

Asked why he was allowing his three children to trick-or-treat with only glow sticks and flashlights for illumination, Stanford (who was also costumed), answered instantly and defiantly: "What better time to trick-or-treat on Halloween than in the dark with no lights?"


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