Given the ghastly trick that Mother Nature played on the region Saturday, unleashing a fierce snow-fueled nor'easter, Westport officials Monday cancelled the collection of Halloween treats tonight -- and urged that trick-or-treating take place Saturday instead.

In a statement from Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury, officials said that because of the significant number of power outages, as well as downed utility lines and trees, "it would not be safe to proceed with trick-or-treat activities" Monday, Halloween night.

"Many homes remain without power. Even if your neighborhood has appears to have minimal damage, it still might not be safe," the Kingsbury statement says. "The possibility of falling tree limbs, slippery surface conditions and electrocution hazards remain very real throughout town, and the situation is as bad or worse than the recent damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene."

"Parents are urged in the strongest possible terms not to let their children trick-or-treat" Monday night, the statement concludes. "... Plan on a safer night this Saturday, Nov. 5."