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Did Sandy scare away trick-or-treaters?

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  • Hard-hit towns delaying Halloween events after storm
  • NJ mom: Kids will 'dress up anyways... make the best of it.'
  • Dangerous outside? Families plan going room-to-room for candy, instead of door-to-door
Halloween is on hold in some communities affected by Sandy.

Because it's awfully hard to go trick-or-treating with downed 100-year-old oak trees blocking streets and sidewalks, many parents (and entire towns) in the Northeast are scrapping their holiday plans.

But that doesn't mean they won't be celebrating Halloween altogether.

Following the lead of the Trick-or-Treaters-in-Chief at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue who canceled their annual Halloween event, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed an executive order Wednesday delaying celebrations in the decimated state until Monday "to minimize additional risks to lives and the public safety."

Which seems to make plenty of sense, and even more so when you consider one Massachusetts police chief's point that, "It would be unsafe to have children walking through unlit neighborhoods."

But public officials declaring Halloween delayed is one thing. Convincing an excited 7-year-old to keep that awesome vampire costume in the closet Wednesday night is another.

"I'm hearing from other parents whose kids, like mine, are itching to go," writes Emily Bazelon in Slate. "They've spent two days home from school, some houses don't have power and we could all use the diversion. Plus Halloween in our neighborhood is a community-wide pick-me-up."

Claudine Bonilla's family is stuck without power or heat in Marlboro, New Jersey, but told HLN's Susan Hendricks that Sandy has taken away enough from them -- they're going to make sure Wednesday night is still special.

"They're going to dress up anyways," she said. Along with some other families with small children, Bonilla said, "We’re all going to cook together and hang out tonight and make the best of it because there's really nothing else we can do."

"I'm sure in four years all our kids will say, 'I remember that storm and my parents tried to make it as fun as possible."

Exactly what Melissa Lawrence has in mind. The mom of five and founder of CloudMom detailed her family's modified Halloween plans. "We might have Halloween at home. I’ve got some candy stored away and right now, I think we’ll go room-to-room rather than door-to-door," she wrote on her site.

"They can put on their costumes and play the trick-or-treaters and my husband and I can play the folks giving out the goods."

"It will be a bit different, but we know how lucky we are."

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