But I’ll take Manhattan
SINITAR/Shutterstock Here’s a little secret the gracious Halloween hosts out in Sunnyside may not realize: Manhattan is a phenomenal place to trick-or-treat. I can tell you that as someone who actually lived in Manhattan for 20 years, the first three of which were in Greenwich Village—home of the raucous and creative Village Halloween Parade. Granted, the parade may not be precisely what parents of young kids are looking for when it comes to trick-or-treating. But Manhattan has that covered on the Upper East Side.
Halloween on the Upper East Side is all about children under the age of 10. Most people live in apartment buildings, and many, if not most, apartment buildings have sign-up sheets for trick-or-treating. If you live in a particularly large building or have a friend who can invite you in, you’ll be able to quickly cover 15 to 20 floors, each with upwards of 10 to 12 apartments. That’s some super-efficient candy-collecting, and one bag per person is seldom enough.
For a more “traditional” trick-or-treating experience on the Upper East Side, you can go door-to-door at the townhouses on 78th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues, which is reputed to be the Upper East Side’s go-to block for that. Rumor has it that while there aren’t that many houses on the block, the candy-giving at each house is quite generous. These are the mind-blowing facts you didn’t know about Halloween candy.
Julie Jacobson/AP/REX/Shutterstock Westchester County, New York, is one of the most affluent counties in the country, which is both good news and bad news in terms of Halloween. Many of the homes sit on large properties, particularly in Northern Westchester, where two-acre zoning is not uncommon. That makes trick-or-treating challenging, if not impossible. That said, Westchester is chock full of towns that have designated certain streets as Halloween enclaves.
In one such town (we can’t give you the name or you’ll definitely want to show up there, so say the residents to whom we spoke), parents from all over town drop off huge bags of candy for the residents to give out on Halloween, and volunteer to help the residents decorate their homes and man the candy bowls. On Halloween night, kids of all ages from everywhere in town descend on the street with their parents and schoolmates and pick up ridiculous amounts of candy. Don’t feel like dressing up when you take your kids out for Halloween? You can compromise by trying one of these 17 easy Halloween makeup ideas.
Let’s not forget New Jersey
Sean Pavone/Shutterstock Somehow, New Jersey didn’t end up on Zillow list, but try telling that to the folks who live in or near Alpine, a small but admirable Halloween workhorse, according to Zaida Khaze, mom, owner of a small business (Wiggletot) and resident of nearby Fort Lee. “I was having a hard time trying to make Halloween fun for my kids since many homes in Fort Lee no longer follow Halloween protocol—not having decorations and not answering the door,” she told Reader’s Digest, but then “word of mom,” Khaze was told to drive to Alpine—a 15- to 20-minute drive from her house.
“I had no idea where to park, but it was so worth it,” Khaze says. “Homes were giving out full-size candy bars and not the trial Halloween size. CC Sabathia (the Yankees player) lives there, and he had hired a hot dog stand, popcorn stand, live DJ, bouncy house, and had a limo with a coffin in it, as well as a chance to enter his home and meet his mom. Everyone knew where he lived by following the sound of the music.” Want to be part of the neighborhood Halloween fun without breaking the bank? Here are 30 great but cheap Halloween decor ideas.