New York City moms know that trick-or-treating in the big apple is very different than suburban or small-town trick-or-treating. We have high rise buildings, a crazy amount of traffic and quirky small neighborhoods nestled throughout the city. We have to worry about different things so it's nice to know where the safest places to trick or treat in New York City are.
Whether you stay in your apartment building, stroll through one of the city's most iconic neighborhoods, or visit a museum, there are many places you and your kids can go trick-or-treating. Apartment building trick-or-treating is one of the most efficient ways to get candy if you live in a high rise. In our old building in Riverdale, people signaled if they were willing to have trick-or-treaters ring their bell but placing a candy bag on their door. This saved tons of time and eliminated the standing-there-expectantly-for-no-one-to-answer-the-door part of the holiday. But you can't just go into random apartment buildings, especially the doorman ones, and start ringing doorbells. So make arrangements with friends and neighbors to visit their buildings before you set off.
Neighborhood parades are often the centerpiece of city Halloween celebrations. My only caution is to make sure that the parade is G-rated (or at least PG) before you head there. Anyone who has ever seen the Greenwich Village Parade knows that while it's entertaining, it probably isn't the right place for our kids. Also, many shopkeepers generously distribute candy to the kids who come in on Halloween in a costume, in every neighborhood.