In case you didn’t know it already, Halloween in NYC is a big deal.
Like all holidays, Halloween in NYC is serious. Lack of a yard or private outdoor space doesn’t stop New Yorkers from decorating and partaking in Halloween festivities. Likewise, apartment life doesn’t stop trick-or-treaters. If you think for one second that children growing up in NYC miss out on Halloween because they don’t have the same fun opportunities as kids in the suburbs, you are incorrect.
In New York, children of all ages parade about in their costumes and trick-or-treat like anywhere else. Apartment buildings post sign-up sheets so kids (and their parents) know which neighbors will be home to hand out candy. In my building, for instance, if only half the apartments plan to accept costumed visitors, that ‘s still 40 apartments, and a whole lot of Halloween candy for costumed revelers.
Not only do New Yorkers pull out all the stops when it comes to costumes and trick-or-treating, but as apartment dwellers, they often bedeck stairs, facades, windows, and doors with lights, pumpkins, spiders, skeletons, zombies, ghosts, and frightening ghoul-like creatures, sparing no expense. You might ask, “Why is Halloween in NYC such a big deal?” I’ve wondered that since I moved to New York in 2007.
Perhaps the darkness of city streets provides the quintessential backdrop for Halloween night. Maybe it’s the added pomp and circumstance that this day in disguise brings to locals – with events like the Village Halloween Parade and the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade – not to mention the spooky decor that adorns almost every city block.
Or, maybe the escape from reality we thrive upon during any holiday is most obvious on October 31, a day we leave ourselves behind and become someone or something entirely different, be it creepy, ugly, beautiful, famous, or weird.
I’d also imagine that Halloween in NYC is just another opportunity to get our creative juices flowing. Come Hallows’ Eve – the final day of hoopla before the Christmas holiday season gets underway – New Yorkers are up to the task to connect with their wildest and most creative selves.
Whatever the reason, the importance of October 31 in NYC remains a mystery to me, but one fact is true: New York City loves Halloween.
Have you experienced Halloween in NYC? Tell us about it in the comments!