Most Halloween events in Hawaii will go on as scheduled, despite the terrorist attacks on the mainland, the Anthrax scare and the state's economic downturn.
More than 100 events statewide, including haunted houses, trick-or-treating, costume contests, street fairs and parties are going on as planned. A few have been canceled or revamped including events at two of Hawaii's largest shopping centers.
Ala Moana Center canceled its usual Halloween events, saying managers felt it would be inappropriate to sponsor trick-or-treating and costume contests in light of the September 11th attacks.
The decision by general growth, the center's management company, also affects Prince Kuhio Plaza, the largest shopping center on the Big Island.
Sea Life Park will scale back its usual Halloween extravaganza. Spokeswoman Loreen Matsushima says that with tourism down, the park doesn't have the money or staff to stage its usual big bash this year.
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