How to Trick or Treat in New York City

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Kids love to dress up and go from house to house on Halloween night for trick or treating. Not everybody lives in a rural area or suburb. Living in a large metropolitan area alters the Halloween experience a little bit. Even though Halloween night is just a little bit different in the city than it is in a small town, it's still loads of fun for both kids and adults. Here is how to trick or treat in New York City.

  • Obtain information about trick or treating in apartment buildings near you. Larger apartment buildings will actually have trick or treating inside the building. The children simply go up and down the steps or elevators in order to reach the different apartments. Every apartment building does things differently so it's important to contact somebody at the building to find out this information. It's important to note that many buildings specifically have trick or treating only for the children who live in that particular building.

  • Go to local delis, grocery and other stores for trick or treating on Halloween. Numerous small shops throughout the city hand out candy to little trick or treaters. To find out which ones, contact the stores in your neighborhood a day or two before Halloween. Many stores will also place a sign in the door or window informing customers about their trick or treat policy.

  • Walk towards the more residential areas of Manhattan for trick or treating. Trying to trick or treat near Times Square isn't a good idea. The Upper East Side is a perfect example of an area where one can trick or treat. When doing this, look for signs on the doors of apartments indicating that trick or treaters are welcome.

  • Drive or take the subway outside of Manhattan. Too many people forget that New York City isn't just Manhattan. Residential areas of Brooklyn, for example, are a very popular spot for trick or treaters. In some parts, trick or treating actually goes on until 10 p.m.

  • Find out if your child's school will be having trick or treating during school hours. If so, make sure you child wears her costume to school that day. This isn't just for school. Many parts of Manhattan (and the surrounding area) actually have trick or treating begin right after the school day finishes. This is because parents worry about their children being out when it's dark.

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