Trick-or-Treating, New York City-Style

In New York City, most Halloween trick-or-treating happens during the day and in commercial areas.  Shops, dry cleaners, florists, restaurants and other small businesses load up on candy - and adorably-costumed children trick-or-treat along the avenues and major side streets after they get out of school that afternoon.

I've never been much of a competitive costume person, but we love hosting trick-or-treaters.  Where we live - and in most other Manhattan apartment buildings - residents sign up to host trick-or-treaters on Halloween night, and families who live in the building are given the list so they know which apartments are participating.  We have a lot of young families among our 22 floors, and it's always fun to see the children - and to say hi to the parents who accompany them.

I pick up fun ideas for treats and decorations from my Halloween segments, and here are few things I am showing for several companies on TV shows this week.

I had never used "coffin" and "cute" in the sentence - but how cute is this Mars "Candy Coffin" from Sam's Club? Six full pounds of miniature, bite-sized Snickers, Twix, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers and Starburst candies. Your neighborhood goblins - and the parents who raid their candy stash - will love you for this.

(Calories eaten on TV don't count, right?  Pro tip: 3 Musketeers are easiest to eat on-camera.  No sticky caramel or nuts.)

With host Erin Kienzle at Charleston's "Lowcountry Live."

With host Erin Kienzle at Charleston's "Lowcountry Live."

If you need a hostess gift for a party, or just want something festive for your own home, these Halloween arrangements from Teleflora fit the bill - and they have great vases you can reuse again and again. (Photos courtesy of Teleflora).

Finally, hands-down, the best wines for Halloween.  Check out the bottles; Hob Nob does their Limited Edition Wicked Red Blend and Wicked Chardonnay with seasonal labels!  Not only are these full-bodied wines delicious and affordable ($11.99), but they have twist tops - ideal for hostess gifts or easy-serving at your own party. (Photos courtesy of Hob Nob Wines).

Happy Halloween!