Knowing that Hurricane Sandy has dealt a cruel blow to Halloween 2012, businesses in a New City shopping center are inviting parents to bring their children to a safe Halloween party this afternoon.
At 4:30 p.m., about 10 stores in the Town Plaza shopping center, 195 S. Main St., will be giving away candy. Max Crisp of American Burrito says there will also be games for kids.
"We want the kids to be able to have a safe Halloween," Crisp said, noting the party will run until 6 p.m.
If you bought candy to give out for Trick-or-Treaters, Crisp said New City residents are invited to participate in a "Trunk-or-Treat" at the shopping center — where residents can hand out candy from their cars.
Communities throughout Rockland County today have asked parents not to let children out tonight for traditional Halloween trick-or-treating because of lingering dangers from Hurricane Sandy. Communities such as Nyack have even put a curfew in place to officially put off trick-or-treating.
Emergency officials throughout the region are concerned about dangers created by power outages, down trees, broken tree limbs and down utility lines.
Crisp said that in addition to hosting the Halloween party, donations are being accepted at American Burrito to help Rocklanders who have been hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy. Crisp said donations of food, blankets and warm clothing are being collected to help families now in emergency shelters.