UNDATED (CBS) -- Because of the chaos brought by Hurricane Sandy, Halloween was all but forgotten in some areas. Downed trees and power lines made it too dangerous for trick-or-treaters. However, the spirit of Halloween was not completely lost.

For some, it was a night to celebrate after a week most hoped to forget. Sandy may have been dubbed a Frankenstorm, but she left many this Halloween with nowhere or no reason to celebrate.

New York City's famous Halloween parade was canceled for the first time in nearly forty years, as parts of downtown are still without power.

The situation so severe in New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie signed an executive order postponing trick-or-treating.

Sandy even claimed a White House tradition. Each year, the president and first lady hand out candy to military children. President Obama spent yesterday touring New Jersey's devastated coastline instead. The president says, "We will not forget, we will follow up to make sure that you get all the help that you need until you've rebuilt."

But Sandy didn't stop everyone. At a shelter in Pleasantville, New Jersey, Red Cross volunteers doled out candy and painted the faces of displaced children. Residents on New York City's Upper East Side celebrated with a block party.

And even with a tree on their home, one family in Long Island had a bowl of candy ready just in case.