NEW DORP BEACH — For Hurricane Sandy victims who didn't get to celebrate Halloween this year, a local civic group will bring the trick-or-treating to the summer.
The New Dorp Beach Civic Association will host Halloween in July on Saturday for children who weren’t able to trick-or-treat in October because Sandy tore through the neighborhood, said Nicole Romano-Levine, 33, president of the group.
“A lot of them lost of their homes, a lot of holidays up until Christmas,” Romano-Levine said. “My kids handed out sandwiches to people in the neighborhood [on Halloween].”
The group decided to bring Halloween to the kids in July, and compiled a list of residents on the block who would give out candy from their homes to keep the kids safe.
"We don't want to lose any kids," Romano-Levine said. "The area is still a construction site."
Parents who registered with the civic group will meet up Corporal Allan F. Kivlehan Park, at the end of New Dorp Lane, on Saturday. Kids will get a trick-or-treat bag, and face painting will be set up by the Parks Department before the walking around the neighborhood.
The group will then go to around 20 homes for the kids to trick-or-treat at.
Romano-Levine said the neighborhood has been very excited about the event, especially the kids.
“The neighborhood as a whole they're very happy, they're very excited,” Romano-Levine said. “They're excited cause they get to do something a little bit different.”