New Yorkers rally to celebrate Halloween despite Sandy

Story highlights

  • On New York's Upper West Side, trick-or-treaters search for candy
  • Families in Long Island gather in school parking lot for a "trunk or treat"
  • In parts of New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, citizens are asked not to trick-or-treat
  • Finding ways for kids to pass the time has been the biggest challenge for some parents
Halloween will come a little late for some this year, thanks to Superstorm Sandy, but in areas of New York that didn't take a major beating, revelers and trick-or-treaters were eager to celebrate after days of being cooped up inside.
The situation is still dire in many parts of the East Coast, including New Jersey, where neighborhoods are littered with debris from shattered homes, downed trees and power lines. Citing safety concerns, Gov. Chris Christie signed an executive order Wednesday postponing Halloween.
"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 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."
Elsewhere, residents in parts of New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut were asked to hold off on trick-or-treating. Parades were postponed or canceled, including New York's annual Village Halloween Party, which the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management and the New York Police Department canceled for the first time in 39 years.
But that didn't stop celebrations altogether for residents of New York's outer boroughs who had planned on attending the Village Halloween Party.
"We were already planning on having a party. But now that nobody can get into Manhattan we are really having a party," said Brooklyn resident Adam Scher, who invited friends to enjoy electricity and running water in the office of his online marketing agency in Clinton Hill Wednesday night.
"People need something to do," he said. "Everyone has been cooped up inside for the past four days, and nobody has anywhere to go