WARREN, Mich. -

The mayor of Warren says emails and phone calls from concerned residents have him suggesting Halloween be moved this week from Wednesday to Friday.

Mayor Jim Fouts said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon that the heavy winds caused by superstorm Sandy have him worried about safety.

"The reason I am agreeing to those requests is because Hurricane Sandy is ravaging the East Coast and causing heavy windstorms in all areas of Michigan," Fouts said. "Like the residents, I am very concerned about the safety of youngsters trick or treating on Oct. 31. Heavy rains and winds are predicted for (Wedensday) which means falling branches and slippery sidewalks and roads. Of course, this is not mandatory, but I would urge Friday, Nov. 2 for trick or treating because better weather is predicted for that day."

The mayor said he urges residents to hand out treats to kids on Friday, not Wednesday.

"I urge Warren residents to do what I will be doing on Friday, Nov. 2 and that is to turn on their porch lights and give treats to kids thus ensuring a safe Halloween for our trick or treaters," he said.

Local 4 spoke with those who support the move.

"I think it’s a great idea, as a matter of fact. Absolutely, if it’s going to ensure that the kids have a better time, a safer time," said Bernadine Ritch, of Warren.

Jim Gorncy said he understands what the concerns are.

"If the weather is really bad, especially with the younger kids, I can understand," he said.

Other cities throughout the Midwest which are feeling the effects of the weather out east also are working to postpone Halloween.


-- Warren Mayor Jim Fouts