What It's Like to Trick-or-Treat in NYC

What It's Like to Trick-or-Treat in NYC

If you grew up in burbs, trick-or-treating in NYC will be anything but the stereotypical Halloween experience. When you live among nearly 9 million in the most densely populated city in the United States, there aren’t a whole lot of front porches to walk up or doorbells to ring. Instead, most apartments are located in high rise buildings with private residences.

Have no fear though kids. As is the case with most things in New York, we have an answer.

The majority of trick-or-treating in Manhattan happens during the day. Once it starts to get dark, most kids tend to not venture out of their local neighborhoods. While we wouldn’t at all consider it dangerous, navigating NYC at night can be daunting, especially if you have to take the subway.

 Brownstones in the Village decorated for Halloween. A welcoming sign for kids to come get some candy! -Photo by Kim Renfro, Tech Insider

Brownstones in the Village decorated for Halloween. A welcoming sign for kids to come get some candy! -Photo by Kim Renfro, Tech Insider

The most popular trick-or-treating destinations in Manhattan tend to be the more residential neighborhoods (Upper East & West Sides, The West Village, and Greenwich Village) where there are lots of accessible apartments. In areas of the city with a lot of high rise buildings with retail storefronts (Tribeca, SoHo, and Midtown East), many ground-floor shops will often give out candy as well so that kids in their neighborhood don’t miss out.

 Crowd forming before a Halloween parade in Prospect Park South.

Crowd forming before a Halloween parade in Prospect Park South.

Brooklyn is also a great destination for kids to score some candy and is probably the most “authentic” Halloween experience you can find in NYC. Park Slope and Prospect Park South are both standout neighborhoods.

There are also numerous events throughout the whole month of October that allow families easy ways to take part in the festivities. From block parties to parades, there’s things for people of all ages. Every year, there is also a massive Halloween parade in The Village that has become a NYC tradition!

Many buildings do a lot to make Halloween a great experience for their resident youngins. The one above even decorates the first floor and allows kids to come down and experience their own haunted house right in the heart of the big city. Most people who live in larger apartment buildings will have candy ready for kids who live in their buildings that come by as well.

All in all, though New York City doesn’t offer the stereotypical Halloween experience, residents all chip in to make the most of it for the children. At the end of the day, that’s what this holiday is really all about.

We hope your kids have a safe and sugar-packed (though for your sake, hopefully not too much) Halloween! Wherever you may be :).

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