If you are lucky enough to live in a building that indulges in the candy-fest, great. If you are lucky enough to be invited to someone else’s building where children are indulged in the evening of free-treats equally great. Alternatively, there are some streets throughout the City where door-to-door trick or treating is the norm.
DT gets the prize for most crowded with the annual Village Halloween Parade (halloween-nyc.com) where A LOT of costumed New Yorkers of a certain age follow a route up Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to 21st Street.
Revelers, young and old, dress up throughout the day. I spotted a middle aged woman on the UWS early in the day. She wore black and orange striped tights beneath her black skirt and jacket and had an orange braid made of yarn with a teeny tiny withches hat atop her head. Silly but spirited. Subways were filled with adult sized gobelins and young princesses by 5pm.
We’ve been invited to an upper west side haunt for three years straight. The Ansonia, as is the case with many buildings, prepares a list for trick-or-treaters with the apartment numbers of residents who give out goodies. The Beaux Arts former home to Babe Ruth, Arturo Toscanini and Plato’s Retreat is historic and great fun for this old mom and my husband/dad to visit.
The kids run from one apartment to the next, floor to floor, grabbing as much candy as they can. It’s not different from walking along a dark street and whereas neighbors may not have exchanged niceties in the past, parents acknowledge each other and kids get a chance to practice their thank yous.
This year we had an extra bonus because there was an apartment in the building that was recently gutted and was used for a halloween party the night before. Spooky but stunning all at once, with views North, East and West, the space was a treat for all eyes, young and old. Trick or treat?