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Governor Chris Christie has urged parents to avoid letting children to go trick-or-treating, officially postponing the holiday until Monday.
Governor Christie has postponed Halloween due to unsafe conditions, urging people to stay inside as residents in both New York and New Jersey continue to recover after Hurricane Sandy.
"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," Christie said in a public statement. "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."
The Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, pushed similar precautions and postponed the infamous Halloween Parade, although he has made no executive orders about postponing the entire holiday.
"Unfortunately, we just cannot spare the manpower from the NYPD and other city agencies to host the annual Greenwich Village Halloween parade," Bloomberg told news stationNY1.
It's the first time in 39 years that the parade has been cancelled, with some still hopeful that the event will take place on a later date. Despite the letdown, a number of residents are still planning on hosting their own personal celebrations.
"We were already planning on having a party," Brooklyn resident Adam Scher said in an interview with CNN. "But now that nobody can get into Manhattan we are really having a party."
"People need something to do tonight. Everyone has been cooped up inside for the past four days, and nobody has anywhere to go or anything to do, so why not provide them with some fun celebratory festivities!" he added.
Philadelphia and Salem, Mass. both planned on going ahead with their Halloween festivities as scheduled however.
Kate Fox, head of the city's tourism agency, said an estimated 50,000 costumed friends still had plans on attending events at Salem Harbor, with fireworks to follow.