It’s Halloween in New York 2019 and if you’re in town then you get to witness the spectacle that is people in crazy costumes wandering the streets into the wee hours. It’s a day that’s fun for all ages, so make sure you know what you’re doing.

If this is your first (or even if it’s not) here are some top tips to taking part in the fun and making sure you do it properly!

#1 Have fun and be nice!

This is basically always my top tip for everything, but this is a night that’s not just for the grown-ups, there’s going to be kids everywhere trick-or-treating (especially just around dusk) so be a good influence!

Compliment costumes, give high fives, and pretend that the kids in their costumes are actually the characters they’re dressed as, have fun!

#2 Wear a costume

Don’t be that guy. If your office takes it seriously, then get into the spirit. If you’re going to a party, be sure to put at least a LITTLE effort into dressing up.

If it’s not already obvious, I LOVE dressing up and making costumes. I’ve spent the last few weeks making mine and I’m very excited to show it off, but until then, here are the last two year’s efforts…

America Josh Halloween Costumes 2017 and 2018

Ok, ok, here’s a clue to this year’s costume! Can you guess below in the comments? The first correct guess wins a prize!

America Josh Halloween 2019

#3 How “Trick-or-Treat” works

First off, leave the asking for candy to the kids, you’re a grown-up now.

If you do want to hand out candy, then you can sit on your stoop or out the front of your apartment and you’ll no doubt find families wandering the streets in costumes.

Stick to the staples of delicious candy, and don’t be the superhero handing out toothbrushes.

If you look around your neighborhood in the days leading up, there may be instructions posted on how to participate if you want your apartment to get involved. Sometimes it’s posting a flyer in your doorway, and other times it might say that kids aren’t allowed to enter your apartment. If you can’t find anything, ask a neighbor! Get friendly! See #1!

I’m pretty sure I’ve read that handing out full-size candy enters you into history books.

#4 Check out some of the awesome neighborhoods

If you’re really into it, you can go for a little wander out of your neighborhood and find those areas that REALLY embrace it.

MommyPoppins has a really good list explaining where you should go from the Upper West Side to Fort Greene and everything in-between.

#5 Check out the Parade & Events

New York loves a parade and Halloween is QUITE the spectacle.

The 46th Annual Parade will be on Thursday, OCTOBER 31, 2019 at 7 p.m.

In 2018 our Grand Marshall, MACHINE DAZZLE, dazzled the world! And so did ALL of you! And now … 2019! We are excited to welcome this year’s Grand Marshall, Zohra, The Giant Spider (and creator Master Puppeteer Basil Twist) leading the way. There are many ways to participate (see below)! We look forward to seeing you soon!

For more information, you can head to the official site on how to participate and the best ways to view it!

TimeOut has a great list of events if you’re looking for something different to check out as well!

Remember though: If you don’t wear a costume, I will find you.