City of Newark officials decided Friday morning to cancel the city's 65th annual Halloween parade due to the impending threats of a hurricane heading towards the Mid-Atlantic region.

"City officials cited that it was necessary to cancel the event now so that staff schedule to work the event will be available for citywide storm preparation," Dana Johnston, the city's community affairs officer, said Friday.

According to the National Weather Service, Hurricane Sandy was moving through the Bahamas on Friday, and would most likely bring tropical-storm conditions to the Carolina's on Saturday.

Sandy is then expected to turn toward the Northeast later Saturday "with direct impacts expected for the Mid-Atlantic or Northeast U.S.," according to the service.

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