ALBANY, N.Y. -- In Albany, Pastor Charlie Muller has run a "safe" trick or treating program for years -- but this year will be a bit different.
Muller says it's actually a trick of the government shutdown that's forcing him to scale back his annual Halloween celebration big time.
"We are still gonna be doing a whole lot tonight, um, just gonna be a little bit different. Because of the shutdown, our check that was supposed to be coming from July, now this is October November first, we still haven't received it," he says.
So, until that government summer money comes to help fund their fall activities, Albany's Victory Baptist Church has to put on his annual trick-or-trick candy bonanza on a smaller scale.
Called "Safe Night Out," huge blue bins filled with candy are placed on city sidewalks around the JC center on 1st Street as a way for trick-or-treaters to get candy safely.
"Kids might be knocking at abandoned doors, some dangerous -- I think there's one whole block here where there are just shutdown buildings and stuff. This is one of the nights where we want children to be safe," says Muller.
But the safe night out trick-or-treat fun, which usually covers about 60 city blocks, will only be about 10 blocks in size this year.
"Some of the money that we would've used for some of the outreach now, and for Thanksgiving and Christmas, so we're just hoping -- they say it's on its way, so but if the money's not there, it's not there. With the shutdown, it did kinda squeeze us a little bit, but we're working around that," he adds.