Superstorm forces cancellation of Halloween for some
Wearing a headpiece made of plastic cups, Sue-Ellen Mason, of the Brooklyn borough of New York, poses for photographs as she takes part in the Village Halloween Parade Monday Oct. 31, 2011 in New York. / AP Photo/Tina Fineberg
It took a freak of nature to dampen an annual tradition for New York's trick-or-treaters.
The city's annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade has been canceled for the first time in its nearly 40-year history, CBS Station WCBS New York reported Tuesday, due to the havoc wreaked by superstorm Sandy.
"We hope that everyone who would have come to the Parade is safe and that those who can volunteer to help out at one of the Emergency Outreach Centers near you," said the parade's Web site. "We will surely miss all of you! Hallelujah Halloween!"
The parade, which would have been held on Wednesday, usually draws 50,000 to 60,000 wildly dressed residents and tourists for a spirited march through the lower part of Manhattan.
But large parts of lower Manhattan are without power following the superstorm.
This year's parade theme was "Tick tock" and the final year of the Mayan calendar, with "visions apocalyptic."
A call to the parade's producing director, Jeanne Fleming, went unanswered.
In New Jersey, several towns such as Northfield, Medford and Evesham, are rescheduling their Halloween celebrations for the weekend. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he can't fathom that it would be safe for kids to wander about, WCBS reported.
Meanwhile, communities in several areas of Pennsylvania have also postponed or canceled their Halloween parades with the approach of Sandy.
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