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Powerful storm cancels Halloween in parts of the U.S.


U.S. residents forced to cancel Halloween plans
U.S. residents forced to cancel Halloween plans

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

November 1, 2011 — A massive snowstorm that walloped the northeastern United States wiped out Halloween plans from Maine to New Jersey.

Up to 80 cm of snow piled up in some places
Up to 80 cm of snow piled up in some places

A record breaking snowstorm that hammered parts of the U.S. forced hundreds of ghosts and goblins to stay home this Halloween.

Over the weekend, a powerful Nor'Easter dropped up to 80 cm of snow in some communities. As a result, trick-or-treating and other Halloween activities were postponed or cancelled all the way from Maine to New Jersey.

Parents were urged to take their kids trick-or-treating at malls or to organize activities at home due to snow-clogged sidewalks and slippery walking surfaces. Utility crews also needed more time to clear fallen branches and downed power lines.

At the height of the storm, around three million customers were left in the dark and officials say close to two million homes and businesses are still without power.

Heavy snow in NL didn't stop eager trick-or-treaters from heading out
Heavy snow in NL didn't stop eager trick-or-treaters from heading out

At least 1,000 trees were damaged in New York's Central Park over the weekend. That didn't stop the annual Halloween parade from going ahead as planned however. Despite being in clean-up and recovery mode, thousands of New Yorkers marched through the city celebrating the Halloween spirit.

The same Nor'Easter pushed into Atlantic Canada on Sunday, but didn't have nearly the same impact on the region. While snow piled up in some places, Maritimers still embraced the tricks and the treats on Monday.

Power has been restored to those who were affected by the weekend storm.

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