12 Great Places to Trick-or-Treat with Westchester Kids

Trick or treat with colonial-era women and Revolutionary War soldiers on Historic Huguenot Street. Photo courtesy of Historic Huguenot Street
where to trick or treat in Rye, Woodbury Commons, palisades center, Cornwall, Warwick, Cold Spring, scarsdale

Whether it’s because the homes are too spread out, they’re lining a busy road, or the neighbors are super cranky, some families just don’t live in neighborhoods that are great for trick-or-treating. We've done a little of our own local research. All kids deserve a safe and candy-filled Halloween, so check out some of these family-friendly areas and events if you need an alternative.

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Stew Leonard's will have trick or treating throughout the store on Halloween. Photo courtesy of Stew Leonard's

Southern Westchester

Zip Realty once crowned Rye as one of the best places for trick-or-treaters, which it based on walkability and the presence of single-family homes. It also took home prices into consideration, rationalizing that the biggest houses give out the best candy. We’re not sure if that last one holds water, but we do know Rye is also the source of other entertaining Halloween happenings. 24/7 Wall Street, meanwhile, named Rye the best town for trick-or-treating in New York, noting its strong kid-to-adult population ratio.

Scarsdale is listed on Niche.com’s Best Places to Raise a Family in America. Those looking for a safe place for their kids to roam may take solace in the “zero-tolerance” policy employed by the police department last year.   

Ridge Hill will have trick-or-treating for an hour during its HarvestFest on the Hill on Saturday, October 20, 2018. There will also be a petting farm, pumpkin painting and more.

The Cross County Shopping Center is hosting free Halloween events as part of its Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Two times are offered, and RSVP-ing is recommended. In addition to trick-or-treating, there will be arts and crafts, games, inflatables and more.

Stew Leonard's will have trick-or-treating throughout its store on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Grab a map at Customer Service to help locate the candy.

South Salem
Those in preschool and elementary school can trick-or-treat in the Lewisboro Library on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.

The Larchmont Public Library is having a party for preschoolers on Monday, October 29, 2018 that will feature trick-or-treating. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

RELATED: Free, Family-Friendly Halloween Parades and Events for Westchester Kids

Jefferson Valley Mall has trick-or-treating and Halloween activities for toddlers. Photo courtesy of the mall

Nothern Westchester

Yorktown Heights 
Have little trick or treaters with early bedtimes? Then the Mall Wide Trick or Treat at the Jefferson Valley Mall might be for you: head to the mall on Halloween between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a specific “toddler trick or treat.” It’s open to all kids from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Chappaqua Public Library will have trick-or-treating for kids ages 4-6 on Friday, October 26, 2018.

Orange County

Cornwall is a previous winner of the Daily Meal’s list of top trick-or-treating towns in the U.S. The site bases its findings on a Bloomberg list of the most family-friendly towns in the country, and then further drills down using such criteria as safety, scheduled Halloween events and walkability.

Putnam County

Cold Spring
The radio station 101.5 WPDH dubbed Parrott Street in Cold Spring as “the best trick or treat spot in the Hudson Valley” The neighborhood is known for its awesome decorating and its throngs of costumed families.

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Historic Huguenot Street is a destination for trick-or-treating with the street partially closed off for trick or treaters! Photo courtesy of Historic Huguenot Street

Ulster County

New Paltz
Kids can trick-or-treat at the historic houses on Huguenot Street on Halloween. Along the way, they'll meet "residents" of the area, including colonial-era women, Revolutionary War soldiers, socialites and flappers. A portion of the street is closed off to traffic during trick-or-treating.

This originally posted in 2015 and has been updated for 2018.

10580 Rye , NY 40° 58' 29.9136" N, 73° 41' 41.3628" W
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Church Street
10990 Warwick , NY 41° 15' 31.8708" N, 74° 21' 20.0988" W
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Parrott Street
Cold Spring , NY 41° 25' 15.8484" N, 73° 56' 55.464" W
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Cornwall , NY 41° 26' 3.6168" N, 74° 2' 7.3248" W
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Palisades Center
1000 Palisades Center Dr
10994 Nyack , NY 41° 5' 52.9332" N, 73° 57' 24.3504" W
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​First Baptist Church of White Plains
456 North Street
10605 White Plaine , NY 41° 1' 19.0704" N, 73° 44' 22.4772" W
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Cross County Shopping Center
8000 Mall Walk
10704 Yonkers , NY 40° 55' 42.6756" N, 73° 51' 16.2684" W
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Hudson River Museum
511 Warburton Avenue
10701 Yonkers , NY 40° 57' 14.9184" N, 73° 53' 46.8204" W
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Stew Leonard's
1 Stew Leonard Drive
10710 Yonkers , NY 40° 58' 25.6404" N, 73° 51' 51.9516" W
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Historic Huguenot Street
81 Huguenot Street
12561 New Paltz , NY 41° 45' 5.9472" N, 74° 5' 18.1752" W
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Westchester's Ridge Hill
1 Ridge Hill Boulevard
10710 Yonkers , NY 40° 57' 48.438" N, 73° 51' 20.2536" W
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Larchmont Public Library
121 Larchmont Avenue
10538 Larchmont , NY 40° 55' 39.0108" N, 73° 45' 3.438" W
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Lewisboro Library
15 Main Street
10590 South Salem , NY 41° 16' 34.5936" N, 73° 33' 20.1708" W
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Chappaqua Public Library
195 South Greeley Avenue
10514 Chappaqua , NY 41° 9' 17.6004" N, 73° 46' 23.0952" W
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