Monsters and ghosts are definitely scary, but these uncertain times are scarier.
Navigating holidays like Halloween can be difficult, but not impossible. NYC trick or treating is on—Governor Andrew Cuomo gave the activity the green light—but the annual tradition still falls under a high-risk category according to the CDC.
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Creativity is key this year: Some families are doing candy hunts at home or virtually, others are forming small trick or treating groups and some New Yorkers are opting to snag those sweets at a fall festival (like Boo at the Zoo). Whatever you decide, don't forget the masks—and not just the festive ones.
In addition to enforcing mask usage, experts are also offering tips about sweets. Dr. Purvi Parikh, allergist/immunologist with Allergy & Asthma Network said, "Consider giving your own candy to your child rather than collecting from homes."
Sure October 31 is going to be a bit unusual, but it'll still be spooky. We've outlined a bunch of in-person (socially-distant) NYC trick or treating events, virtual activities and other ways to keep little ghosts and ghouls entertained. (Call ahead before venturing anywhere, as advanced tickets are likely required.)
Have fun, stay safe and don't forget to round off the festivities with Halloween songs for kids or a few ghost stories for kids.