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Some Ill. towns put Halloween on hold due to rain

ELWOOD – Several communities south of Chicago decided it was just too rainy for little goblins and ghosts to go trick-or-treating, so they put Halloween on hold.

The villages of Crete, Monee, Steger and Elwood postponed official trick-or-treating until Friday because of the soaking rain around the region. The decision left some residents miffed.

"This is the first canceling of a holiday I've ever heard of in my life," Angie Cagwin, of Elwood, told The Joliet Herald-News (http://bit.ly/19j92xi). "Not to mention, how do you tell kids who expect to come home from school and go trick-or-treating that they're not now?"

The village of Monee said on its website: "We understand the importance of tradition but believe that public safety, especially pertaining to the health and well-being of our children, should come first."

Some malls in the southern Chicago suburbs offered trick-or-treating as an alternative on Thursday. Bethany Koontz Witt of Monee said she feels "that it's the parents' choice whether the kids go out or not."

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Information from: The Herald-News, http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews

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