|An Old Navy employee hands out candy to Trick-or-treaters at the Danbury Fair mall Carol Kaliff / CT|
Today, many on the Northeast coast of the United States are digging out from some of the destruction and loss that occurred after Hurricane Sandy and accompanying storm systems hit land and flooded out much of the city that never sleeps, and neighboring cities and states.
In many affected areas of that region, millions of people are without power and digging through rumble. Understandably, Halloween has been canceled in many neighborhoods, much to the chagrin of anxious kids who were looking forward to going out and trick-or-treating in their towns today.
Halloween can be saved - to a certain extent. Here are five ways to salvage the holiday for those who have had plans to trick-or-treat or attend official events that have been canceled because of Hurricane Sandy.
1. Have a Halloween Candy hunt in your home. Similar to Easter, hide some of the candy you've already purchased to pass out to trick-or-treaters around the home and have the kids move about the home and outside looking for the treats. They can fill up their baskets in less time that it would take to canvass a 10 block radius. This alternative actually would save parent chaperones that cold trek around town.
2. Throw an impromptu Halloween Party. - Call up some of the parents of the kids' friends and get someone to volunteer to host a last-minute party at their home. The others could all decide to whip up something or pick up a dish from the store and bring some of the treats they've already purchased. Others can bring drinks. To recreate the trick-or-treat part of the night, have a parent stationed at different rooms in the house and have the kids go to each room for a treat.
3. Host a Halloween Block Party - If your neighborhood block hasn't had too much road obstruction and can be transversed, hosting an impromptu block party would be a great way for those living in homes without electricity to get out, get some fresh air and socialize in a festive atmosphere. Similar to the Halloween party idea, various neighbors can bring a dish and treats.
4. Watch Halloween themed movies and host a movie night - Pop some popcorn, make candy apples and have a little movie marathon until bedtime.
5. Go to the local mall. Some malls have stores that pass out treats on Halloween and sponsor trick-or-treating. If the mall is still hosting the event, that would also make a great alternative to the usual plans.
Have fun but be safe!