As we find ourselves in the process of cleaning up after the devastating damages caused by Hurricane Sandy in our city many of us long to return to normalcy. In order to do this some parents may be hoping to give their children something fun to do considering today is Halloween. Many are asking themselves whether or not to go out trick-or-treating. Keep in mind, some people are without power and considering the losses this may not be a festive time for everyone. Not to mention the roads are still not completely cleared from the debris after the storm.
Events throughout the City have been postponed in order allow for clean up and provide a safe environment for everyone. And other states and municipalities have opted to postpone Halloween to next week, however if you want to make today fun for your family in the midst of the current circumstances here are some ideas.
Make it a Stay at Home Halloween– Gather some treats and make it a marathon of halloween movies. There are some showing on television with channels like ABCFamily others can be found online. If you do not have power and are staying home set up your living room like a camp ground passing the candy bowl and a flashlight sharing spooky stories. You can set up a candy scavenger hunt within your own home and just to make it more interesting invite near by family and/or friends to join in the fun.
Stay Hyper Local – If you’re one of the blessed folks that did not get significantly affected by the hurricane contact neighbors in your building or within your area and see if any other parents would like to trick-or-treat with their kids. Agree to set up an activity/game at each of the homes and take your kids to arranged trick-or-treating stations where they get to play a game or two get some treats then move on to the next home.
No Tricks Just Treats – If you know there are folks within your community that have been impacted go out and lend a hand whether by checking in on them or providing some extra supplies you may have.
If you are going trick-or-treating here are some safety tips post frankenstorm:
- Carry a flashlight
- Stay away from downed tree branches and power lines. Treat any downed wire in the street or lawns as if it’s carrying electricity
- Avoid puddles or standing water, which can conduct electricity.
- Do not go into any neighborhood/streets where the power is out
- Children should NOT trick-or-treat alone. Stay in groups and always go out with an adult. Only visit trusted homes.
- Look in both directions when crossing streets, stay on sidewalks whenever possible
- Keep costumes short –to avoid getting caught in debris from trees or slippery wet leaves. Avoid masks that block your vision.
- Wear bright colors or reflective clothing or put reflective stickers on costumes
- Inspect all candy prior to it being eaten.
For more safety tips you can also visit NYPD Halloween Safety Tips.
For updates about rescheduled Bronx events visit I Love The Bronx and NYC Parks Events. The Bronx Annual Pumpkin Fest Halloween Spooktacular has been rescheduled to November 1, 4-8pm.