TODAY | October 30, 2012
>>> well, as the storm slowly runs its could, a lot of kids on the east coast have one question what. will happen to halloween . "today" contributor elizabeth mayhew is a lifestyle expert. good morning to you.
>> talk about boo-hoo. presumably many, many events will be cancelled.
>> actually this ironically happened last year, too. there was a big snow storm , and most of halloween was cancelled so the big question is mother of the obviously you're not going to send your kids into a dark neighborhood. that is -- that is the real trick, so you need to check with your town. you need to follow the local news to see what's going on. most malls are closed. even other places that sometimes absorb the trick-or-treating, a lot of them are shut down.
>> it's the day before.
>> at what point do you tell your kids doesn't look like we'll have trick-or-treating this year.
>> i think it's good to have a plan "b." having something to substitute and make it fun. a lot of kids are very happy because they have missed two days of school so there is some recompense in that. there is a plan "b," that this is a possibility and maybe can you make it up. a lot of the big parties are going to be cancelled. some of the smaller parties might be happening, so maybe gang together with friends, and there's certainly things that you can do as a community to come together and make it fun for kids.
>> this is a time to get creative with the kids which is where you come in. so you have an idea called chunk and treat. what do you mean by that?
>> this is a big trend. i already know some people in new jersey who have already organized this whether it's a cul-de-sac or neighborhood, people come together and bring their cars out provided you can drive. you bring the cars together, you put candy in the trunk and kids trunk or treat.
>> what about indoors, i'm sure you could have the child dress up in his or her costume.
>> absolutely. invite some kids, friends over, have them dress up. i like to do a safe jer hunt so just follow what you would maybe do for an easter egg hunt and hide the candy around and let them go and fine it. alot is getting the candy and sort it. my brothers and sisters and i used to like that.
>> by sort it you mean fight over it. and you have a craft idea. what happened to the milk carton and cereal idea.
>> for those of us stuck in the house eating all the halloween candy , glue it, have gun, decorate it, whatever it might be. you clean it out, and start gluing away.
>> gluing away.
>> that means you can probably still eat the wrapped candy but not the candy corns.
>> like a gingerbread house but doing it with all y candy . again, something fun to do, and if you're indoors and have a lot of time and there's no electricity, nothing like candy , cereal box and some glue to get you going.
>> one thing a lot of people have right now is time. elizabeth mayhew, thank you.