Halloween Post-Sandy: Parents Think Outside the Box for Tricks and Treats

Will this little tiger get to go trick-or-treating this year? (Flickr via ankatank)

John Carney, a senior editor at CNBC.com, is getting ready for Halloween. The Park Slope resident will be putting on a Tin Man outfit later this afternoon, while his wife–the director of legal hiring at a law firm, currently on maternity leave–will be the Scarecrow. And at around 4:30 this afternoon, they are taking their two small children (one 3 years old and going as Dorothy, one 3 weeks old and going as Toto) up and down the avenues of the Slope for trick-or-treating.

Ironically, the Frankenstorm is actually preferable to last year’s freezing temperatures. “This will be our first year,” Mr. Carney told The Observer. “Last year, snow killed it. The weather wasn’t right to drag a then-2-year-old through the streets.”

As Park Slope wasn’t hit as hard as some areas, it will actually be easier to get ready for candy-nabbing this year, as Mr. Carney and many other parents are off of work. They plan to start trick-or-treating around 4:30, and hit most of the Slope’s boutique stores, which annually hand out snacks so parents can avoid the awkwardness of ringing a neighbor’s bell and realizing they have no idea whom they live next to. As for any damage or power outages, Mr. Carney isn’t worried: “I think most will be open. Park Slope Barbershop really is a neighborhood treasure, always decorated for each holiday.”

Mr. Carney imagines that there are some kids who probably think Halloween is always proceeded by a force of nature. “With storms two years in a row, there are probably kids who just think storms are part of the haunted atmosphere of Halloween,” he said. “It’s now a storm celebration.”

“I think my daughter kind of thought ‘the big storm’ was perhaps something we arranged to go with the Wizard of Oz theme,” he said.

Author and Vanity Fair copywriter Mike Sachs was also planning on taking his daughter around Park Slope, despite the cancellation of the annual neighborhood parade. “Truthfully, nothing would convince a 3.5-year-old dressed as a Rainbow Kitty that it was too dangerous to go out because of a storm that took place a few days ago,” he said. “She’s intent on hitting the streets for the sweet stuff, and poppa has to obediently tag along.”

But while Park Slopers might be out and about because of the minimal damage in their area, others don’t plan on knocking on doors at all.

Touré, the MSNBC co-host of The Cycle and author of Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness, said that he hadn’t planned on taking his children around his Fort Greene neighborhood. “We’ve never done the rounds on our block,” he wrote via e-mail. “NY doesn’t seem friendly to that. We don’t know a lot of our neighbors. Last year a friend invited us to their apartment building (built in security) and we went door to door.”

The writer and television personality, whose kids are 4 and 3, said he would consider doing that again, “though Sandy may put a crimp in everything.” They already had two kiddie Halloween parties on Friday and Saturday, and he alerted us to the fact that BAM is putting on another one tonight.

“But generally [we] wouldn’t knock on strangers doors,” he said.

In the city, Red Rover’s Kathryn Tucker decided that Halloween would be too creepy for her 8-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son on the powerless Lower East Side. The founder of the location-based app has taken her family Upstate to trick-or-treat. “Most people I know have hightailed it out of there,” she added, referring to the LES’s darkened district.

Real Housewives of NYC star Aviva Drescher said her UES building has postponed trick-or-treating. “We don’t know what to do,” she wrote on Twitter. “Trying to keep kids in their routine despite devastation.” And for kids, what could be a bigger devastation than having the year’s biggest candy-grab canceled?

Halloween Post-Sandy: Parents Think Outside the Box for Tricks and Treats