Many Towns Canceled Halloween For Freak Snowstorm In 2011, Sandy In 2012

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Streets across the Tri-State area will be filled with ghouls and goblins once again as Halloween resumes for the first time since bad weather caused a two-year hiatus.

In 2011, a freak October snowstorm ruined Halloween for much of the region. Trick-or-treaters in New York, New Jersey and Conn. were told to stay home or significantly curtail their traditional activities because of heavy ice and snow.

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Last year, power outages, flooding and downed trees from Superstorm Sandy forced many communities to canceled Halloween festivities, including parades and trick-or-treating.

In New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday’s forecast appears to be on track for the first successful Halloween since 2011.

“I’m hoping that, for all of the communities across New Jersey but particularly those communities that have been most effected by the storm, places like Little Ferry and Moonachie, that there can be a close to normal Halloween,” he said.

After canceling events for the past two years, Christie said his own children asked him why he hated Halloween.

“That’s not true, I’m fine with Halloween and I’m really hoping for Halloween this year,” he said.

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Many towns in New Jersey are enforcing a strict curfew Thursday night. It applies to anyone under age 18 not accompanied by an adult and varies from town to town.

In New York City, the annual Halloween parade returns to Greenwich Village Thursday night.

“I really believe that the Halloween parade does something for the spiritual life of the city,” said the parade’s artist director Jeanne Fleming.

Last year’s parade was canceled because of Sandy. This year, the parade ran into financial trouble and there was talk of canceling it again.

But the organizers put out a plea for online donations and raised enough money. The campaign raised the $50,000 needed to put night creatures back on the streets.

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