Good news for little ghouls and goblins: Trick or treating is on in New York.
During an interview with News 12 Long Island on Sept 15, Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed that he does not plan to prohibit trick or treating in New York State.
"I would not ban trick-or-treaters going door to door. I don't think that's appropriate. 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.
However, he will be providing safety measures that he expects New Yorkers to follow.
"I'll give you my advice and guidance and then you will make a decision what you do that night."
Families can hear the interview transcript on the New York State website. Be sure to look out for further information as we inch closer to All Hallows Eve. States are responsible for proposing their own trick-or-treating rules, but the CDC has provided guidance to lead holiday merrymakers in the right direction when it comes to safety, so take a glance before heading out. (Sadly, trick or treating does fall in the "high-risk" category.) Have a gander at trick or treating alternatives if you're feeling wishy washy about the activity.
Additionally, Governor Cuomo gave guidance about fall activities for kids and families earlier this month. Apple picking and corn mazes have been given the green light to operate with appropriate safety measures. However, interactive and immersive activities such as haunted houses have been suspended this year.
Halloween is on...with some modifications. Find a fun costume, blast your favorite spooky tunes and enjoy!