Superstorm Sandy: New York City Marathon On, Halloween Parade Canceled


With widespread road closures, a death toll at 33 in seven states, according to the Associated Press, and millions left without power, it's not only New Yorkers who have lost their Halloween. Many parents along the Eastern Seaboard will likely not be sending their kids out in costumes to trick or treat either.

As superstorm Sandy approached the New York area, communities across Pennsylvania, including Hershey and Hummelstown, took precautions and canceled or postponed Halloween parades, and Shippensburg borough canceled its annual trick-or-treat night after Gov. Tom Corbett declared a state of emergency.

In New Jersey, the annual parade sponsored by Toms River Fire Company No. 1, promoted as the world's second-largest, has been postponed because of Sandy. The fire company will announce a new date after it evaluates the storm's damage.

Although these cancellations might mean disappointment for children who have spent weeks gearing up for Halloween, psychologist Janet Taylor told "Good Morning America" that Sandy could offer a good example of how life can be unpredictable.

"We have to prepare our kids for the fact that sometimes things don't happen the way they're supposed [to]," Taylor said. "Being adaptive is also a point of being a parent."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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