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New York State releases Halloween guidelines and trick or treating raises red flags

Here's how to do it safely.

Written by
Danielle Valente

In September, Governor Andrew Cuomo told News 12 Long Island that he would not prohibit trick or treating in New York this Halloween. 

"You have neighbors—if you want to go knock on your neighbor's door, God bless you and I'm not going to tell you not to," he said. "I'll give you my advice and guidance and then you will make a decision what you do that night." 

And while he's making good on his promise, New York State's newly released Halloween guidelines definitely emphasize enjoying spooky celebrations at home, similarly to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's suggestions

"Creative ways to celebrate more safely" include:  

The "Do's" for safe trick or treating include: 

  • Consider passing out non-candy items to trick or treaters 
  • Avoid direct contact with trick or treaters 
  • Give treats outdoors 
  • Prepare a station with individually-wrapped candy 
  • Participate in "one way" trick or treating 
  • Prepare a "grab and go" setup 

Check out the state's full list of guidelines online. For more ways to celebrate the spookiest time of the year, have a look at our favorite Halloween books for kids and rock out to the best Halloween songs for kids

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