Chris Christie Cancels Halloween
Trick-or-treating canceled in many places, retail will take hit
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2012 7:21 AM CDT
Updated Oct 31, 2012 11:12 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Now that the worst of Hurricane Sandy is over, we can focus on some important questions like … what happens to Halloween? Don’t worry, Chris Christie is on it: He has now officially postponed Halloween until Monday, citing safety reasons, NJ 101.5 reports. “I can’t imagine that it’s going to be safe for kids to go around for Halloween tomorrow,” the New Jersey governor said yesterday, reports the Star-Ledger. He had earlier tweeted, “If conditions are not safe on Wednesday for Trick or Treating, I will sign an Executive Order rescheduling #Halloween.” That, of course, led to some amused reactions. (“Uh I don’t think it works that way,” reads one reply.)

But the storm’s impact on the holiday is undeniable:

  • Christie's not alone: At least eight Jersey cities and towns have postponed trick-or-treating to Saturday, the Star-Ledger reports.
  • Good Morning America and Today both canceled the traditional Halloween specials they had planned for this morning, the Huffington Post reports.
  • Halloween sales, which had been expected to hit $8 billion, will surely see an impact, USA Today reports. "Small businesses relying on last-minute shoppers will get hit," says a National Retail Federation rep. One such small business reports that the storm will cost it as much as $50,000, a good chunk of its profits for the year.
  • Some Halloween events are still happening tonight, like New York’s Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, but the crowds are expected to be much smaller than those of a normal year. Other festivities have been delayed to this weekend or even next, the Huffington Post reports.

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CharlesVolcher67
Nov 1, 2012 3:19 PM CDT
Did Christie went as the Good Year blimp
CharlesVolcher67
Nov 1, 2012 3:14 PM CDT
SURE CHRISTIE CANCELL HALLOWEEN HE ATE ALL THE CANDY
daveand42
Nov 1, 2012 8:54 AM CDT
It was the right thing to do, maybe trivial but still thoughtful, given all he has to deal with right now. This is a minor action, but from the other actions I have seen from him in these challenging days, my opinion of Gov. Christie has grown from one of disdain to respect. I don't agree with his party-line dogma, but it's clearly evident to me now that this guy is genuine, has a heart, and is not a robot lizard like so many others are in his party. When I was a kid, Halloween was the most fun holiday ever. You got to dress up goofy, roam with a band of fellow urchins, meet the neighbors, maybe do some light innocuous mischief, and of course get gloriously ill on candy -- what could possibly top it? I still think it's fun being on the giving end. We only hand a few dozen kids come by; but the costumes were nearly all hand-made and fabulously scary or aww-so cute, and the kids were all smiles. hmmm. i think i'll have a leftover Snickers for breakfast, LOL.