Know The Rules Of Indoor Trick Or Treating
When it comes to Halloween, residential buildings can differ in their policies for gobblins and ghouls in search of tricks or treats. NY1's Bree Driscoll filed the following report.
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You may know your apartment building's pet or noise policy but do you know it's trick or treating policy?
Mark Sperry works for UrbanEdgeNY.com, which is a website that lists no fee apartments directly to tenants. He says Halloween protocol varies from building to building and the best thing to do is ask your management company or front desk what the rules are for your building.
"Some of them hand out little door hangers or signs that you can put on your door. To allow the parents know which doors they can knock on and trick or treat at. Other buildings they will have you sign up in advance and then on the day of Halloween you can go down to the office and pick up a list of all the apartments you can go trick or treat at," Sperry says.
For those looking to venture out to other buildings not all of them want non-resident trick or treaters but some offer a consolation prize.
"I definitely recommend going into the larger buildings because you'll notice they have a huge bucket of candy for everyone in the lobby," says UrbanEdgeNY.com Co-founder Ilana Schwartz.
And if you don't want trick or treaters stopping by your door Sperry suggests putting up a polite sign saying you aren't participating or leaving a bowl of candy outside. And you can always make like a ghost and just disappear.
"Well if you aren't there you can't answer the door and that makes it easy. And you wont have to worry about people knocking on your door all night," says Sperry.
More and more owners and management companies are holding group Halloween events in their lobbies or common rooms as an amenity to their building.
"They offer contests. Whether it be the best doggy Halloween costume or even your best Halloween picture of the New York City parade," says Schwartz.
Schwartz also suggests checking with your building to see what hours they allow trick or treating. But a good rule of thumb is to go anytime between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.