New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has postponed Halloween until Monday, citing concerns that costume-adorned children could be endangered as they navigate floodwaters, downed power lines and trees on their way to neighborhood doors.
Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on New Jersey and Christie said that the state “kind of took it in the neck worse than any other place.”
“I’ve taken this action to minimize additional risks to lives and the public safety as we begin the process of rebuilding and recovering from Hurricane Sandy,” said Governor Christie in a press release announcing the order. “In too many communities in our state, the damage and losses from this storm are still being sorted out, and dangerous conditions abound even as our emergency management and response officials continue their work. As Governor, it is my responsibility to use all available resources of the state government to protect against the emergency created by Hurricane Sandy - postponing Halloween celebrations by five days is a commonsense and necessary step to accomplish that.”
After the announcement, Gov. Christie took to Twitter to say, “I better see you all out there on Monday with your costumes on and candy in tow.”
A state of emergency is still in effect for New Jersey.
Gloucester Township, a 24 square mile suburban community situated in Camden County, located about 50 miles west of Atlantic City was hit hard but according to the Gloucester Police Department, almost all its residents have their power back.
“Well, we have been getting inundated with calls about Halloween,” the department tells ABC News. “We advised all of them to adhere to administrations order from the governor’s office.”
The New Jersey governor is not the only one cancelling Halloween festivities. The Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management and the New York Police Department canceled the annual Village Halloween Parade that normally takes place on Sixth Avenue in Greenwich Village on Halloween night.
The cancelled parade, which typically hosts thousands of New Yorkers and tourists, includes hundreds of floats, performances, puppets and dance artists, but its cancellation was announced on Tuesday, making it the first time in nearly four decades that the parade would not go on.
Halloween was also cancelled at the White House, where the recent tradition is for the families of military personnel to trick-or-treat with the president and first lady.