Hurricane Sandy won’t stop Halloween sales and celebrations in NW Philly

To be sure, Hurricane Sandy’s fierce winds and driving rain roughed up the streets of Northwest Philadelphia.

Downed trees, power lines and a few crushed cars don’t appear to be keeping residents from celebrating Halloween tonight, though. Local businesses either.

Robertson Florist in Chestnut Hill was open Wednesday after the major storm shuttered the business for the last two days. Kaye Poe, an employee, said sales on Halloween décor are down as a result.

“We had to put [Halloween] items on a steeper sale today,” said Poe.

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The Attic, a thrift store on Main Street in Manayunk, was also open for anyone still needing a costume. Kalie Mentzer said the store was also open Tuesday, but that both days haven’t been busy.

“Sales were slow yesterday and today,” said Mentzer.

Residents NewsWorks spoke with nearby said the storm wasn’t going to affect their holiday plans.

In Mt. Airy, Heather Pierce, a member of the Carpenter’s Woods Town Watch, said an annual costume parade held at C.W. Henry School is still on for 6:30 p.m.

Before children start arriving at the elementary school, Pierce will be working on the décor outside of her home. They weren’t much of a match for Sandy.

“I have to redo my Halloween decorations because they all got soaking wet,” she said.

An East Falls-based Halloween event was not spared, however.

The Halloween party planned for the Falls of Schuylkill Library -3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. – was cancelled due to staff shortage.


Aaron Moselle and Bas Slabbers contributed to this report.

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