Where to Trick-or-Treat on Halloween with New York City Kids

One of my favorite childhood memories from growing up in NYC was Halloween in Greenwich Village. Back then, the Village Halloween Parade was just a couple of hundred artists and others who marched through the neighborhood. Afterward, we would trick-or-treat up and down the brownstone blocks. Everyone was friendly, and we would come home with our shopping bags completely filled. It was magical.

Although the parade and Greenwich Village have changed a lot since then, your kids still can enjoy that kind of thrilling trick-or-treat experience in many New York City neighborhoods. And which neighborhood is now the best one for Halloween trick-or-treating in NYC? That depends on who you ask. New Yorkers love to bicker over the best coffee shops, the best (and worst) train lines, and yes, the best places to take their kids on Halloween. We also love to find that secret gem.

So we asked our astute readers and collected recommendations from our parent-driven NYC staff over many, many years to bring you a list of our favorite trick-or-treating spots so you'll know where to bring your kids this October 31. 

Join one of the local Halloween parades and then go trick-or-treating throughout the community with local families. Or hit one of the neighborhoods or streets listed below: We have a slew of spots to try in all five boroughs. For more seasonal fun, check out our jam-packed Halloween Guide.

Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Faeries, Scarecrows, and Hayrides, October 17-21

This week we've collected some of our favorite activities from across the state, including the annual Graveyard Tours, Hayrides, and visiting a Faerie Village. Apple and pumpkin picking are in full swing right now so check out our Apple & Pumpkin Picking Guide to find a great place near you. For everything and anything Fall and Halloween, you must check out our CT Halloween and Fall Guide. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to be sure you're up to date on the latest and greatest activities this jam-packed week, and be sure to click over to our frequently updated Event Calendar for even more suggestions.

Weekday Fun in NJ: Scarecrow Stroll, Zoo Playtime, Gardens Aglow

Halloween is quickly approaching! Get in the holiday spirit this week by mingling with scary scarecrows at Cranford’s 9th Annual Scarecrow Stroll or exploring impressive Jack-O-Lanterns at Montclair’s Gardens Aglow. Both events are free.

Little ones can bond with animals this week at Bergen County Zoo’s Playtime at the Zoo and Hazlet Library’s Tail Waggin’ Tutors. Or learn about prehistoric creatures at Sprout and Seedling’s dinosaur-themed workshop.

Read on for our best children's events the week of Oct 17-21, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar, October GoList, and Halloween Events Guide for even more almost-Halloween fun.

Weekday Fun: Kid Film Fest, Moscow Ballet, Haunted Fun in NYC

Families will find FREE kids' music, crafts, and movies on tap for this school-holiday-free (phew) October week in New York City.

Read on for our top weekday picks and be sure to peruse our Event Calendar for even more options. Head over to the Halloween Guide to make your October 31 plans in New York City, and the Fall Fun Guide for festivals, day trips, events just right for preschool-age kids, and more seasonal art and theater.

As the weather turns cooler, don't forget to check out our Family Fun Guide filled with drop-in play spaces, including several that just opened: SciTech KidsGood Day Play CafeLet's Play PlayhouseThe Coop, and the Brooklyn Children's Museum's downtown annex, Spark.

Halloween Trunk-or-Treat locations in Fairfield County

Do you live in a part of Fairfield County where the roads are windy and you don't have any sidewalks or streetlights? Then you know you need to venture out and find a safe place to trick or treat. Or maybe you just don't love the idea of having your kids do the whole door-to-door asking for candy thing in the dark. Whatever the reason, there is a simpler and safer alternative called Trunk-or-Treat. Haven't heard of it? It's like a Halloween tailgate, where families gather in a church or community parking lot and children trick or treat from car to decorated car. These popular events confine the confections to a safe, central spot and many of them aim to keep the mayhem to a minimum. Trunk or treats tend to start early, so you don't have to deal with any spooky meltdowns in the dark. Better yet, these events usually add more fun to the mix with food, activities, games and even campfires. In our round up, we've included Trunk-or-Treat events as well as similarly structured events that provide a centralized trick or treating expereince.

7 Houston Area Ice Rinks for Family Fun

With Houston's mild winters, one might forget it's actually winter. There are plenty of options in and around the city to practice your ice skating since frozen ponds are in short supply. No matter if you stay in the city or stretch out to the suburbs, there are plenty of opportunities to expose your kiddos to ice skating and harness their inner-Nancy Kerrigan or Wayne Gretzky.

Best Places to Trick-or-Treat in Orange County

Orange County is home to plenty of family-friendly attractions (including the country's biggest theme park haunt) so it should come as no surprise that California's third biggest county is also one of the hottest spots for trick-or-treating on Halloween night. Tons of planned communities with homes a short stroll from one other give kids ample opportunity to satisfy a sweet tooth, in a climate that doesn't require covering up cool costumes with coats. The OC is also one of the wealthiest counties in the country, which translates into bigger candy bars, more elaborate decorations, and no-holds-barred block parties.

We scoured the county to come up with a list of the top OC spots to take your ghouls and goblins trick-or-treating this Halloween. If you're visiting one of these generous neighborhoods, please show your appreciation by being extra considerate about candy wrappers and other litter on the ground. And wherever you head on Halloween night, carry lights and watch out for traffic.


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