Hurricane Sandy causes Halloween festivities to be canceled or postponed

In Hurricane effected cities throughout the Northeast, Halloween festivities are being canceled or changed to another date. In New York city, large parts of lower Manhattan are still without power causing the annual Village Halloween Parade scheduled for today to be canceled. The event, which usually draws 50,000 to 60,000 dressed up people, will be canceled for the first time in it’s 40 year history. Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that they will be postponing it to a later date sometime next week. The theme for this year’s parade was “Tick tock” with an apocalyptic theme as this is the final year of the Mayan calender. Governeor Chris Christie of New Jersey said that he will decide on Halloween whether or not conditions¬†are safe enough for trick or treating. “If conditions are not safe on Wednesday for Trick or Treating, I will sign an Executive Order rescheduling,” Christie said. Despite cancellations in some areas, Philadelphia will celebrate Halloween as planned. Kate Fox, head of the city’s tourism agency, said an estimated 50,000 costumed revelers are expected in the city today for events finishing off with evening fireworks over Salem Harbor. The storm caused some power outages and forced some temporary attraction closings, but all are expected to open for Halloween. The festivities will close the month long “Haunted Happenings” celebration which generates $25 million a year for the city where the famous Salem Witch Trials took place in 1680.

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