FRANKENSTORM: Hurricane Sandy Takes Aim At HalloweenSerge Bielanko
Lots of Halloween revelers young and old might be dealt an unfortunate hand by the worst ghoul of all: Hurricane Sandy.
According to an article in today’s USA Today, many towns and cities in the Eastern United States are now either postponing or canceling scheduled Halloween events, including the traditional act of trick-or-treating on the night of October 31st.
With the mega-storm scheduled to slam into the mid-Atlantic coast by late this afternoon, just a few days before Halloween, many millions of residents are facing a dangerous and challenging week ahead. And so it almost goes without saying that the spookiest holiday of them all just might have to take a backseat this year.
The USA Today piece reports that towns as widely scattered as Atlantic City,NJ, Dover, NH and Mercersburg, PA have each already canceled or postponed events coinciding with Halloween.
Of course, what has to happen has to happen, and given the forecasts and the serious nature of most everyone talking about this hurricane on TV, it seems pretty sensible to imagine that Wednesday’s planned Halloween Night activities may need to be curtailed or adjusted.
But, for millions of kids, the storm’s ill-timed potential to put the kibosh on Halloween is worth mentioning simply because this ‘Frankenstorm’, as it’s being nicknamed, will quit possibly go down in history as the monster that none of us (moms/dads/kids) will ever forget.
Even New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been put on the spot, for the second year in a row, when it comes to the weather-related fates of so many young ghosts and goblins.
In a recent Gothamist piece , the Governor revealed that,”…his daughter Bridget asked him this morning, “You’re not going to cancel Halloween like you did last year, Dad?”
In the end, Christie told her that they’d just have to wait and see.
And that, unfortunately, is pretty much all any of us can do at this point.
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