The Briefly for Halloween, 2020 – The "No Need to Socially Distance from Ghosts" Friday Edition

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Trick or treat is not banned in New York City. the city released Halloween guidelines. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist) Okay, so the Village Halloween parade is canceled, but it will be replaced by a tiny puppet parade. (Ben Yakas for Gothamist) Photos: Just outside the city in Croton-on-Hudson, the pandemic can't stop the Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze. (Jen Carlson, photos by Tod Seelie for Gothamist) A strange little girl, a little boy, the crying lady ghost, and the other ghosts that haunt The Dakota on 72nd St. (Ephemeral New York) Eat all the candy you want this Halloween, you've earned it. But the wrappers? Say hello to the Trick or Trash, here to help you recycle your candy wrappers. (Jeanine Ramirez for NY1) Photos: Brooklyn's best decorated Halloween house. (Nicole Saraniero for Untapped New York) Do you know about Manhattan's secret graveyards? (Shaye Weaver for Time Out) This isn't a Halloween story, but it's still terrifying. A fully intact rat skeleton fell from the ceiling of a Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development apartment building on Forsythe St. (Elie Z. Perler Bowery Boogie) Meet James Sheehan, who has almost 100 people buried in his Astoria backyard. (Jason D Antos for Give Me Astoria) So some of the city's Halloween traditions won't be happening this year, but you can still see Zohra, the giant, sparkling spider between 7 pm and 10 pm hanging off the Jefferson Market Library Tower in the East Village. (Shay Weaver for Time Out) There are plenty of nightmares to be found across the city, but none of them are as scary as the man who fell into a sinkhole and into a rat-filled chasm for 30 minutes while waiting for a bus. (Hirir Zaveri for NY Times) Video: Walking the haunted village of Sleepy Hollow. (ActionKid on YouTube) A guide for trick or treating in 2020. (Ashly Grzyb for Red Tricycle) The filming locations of Ghostbusters. (On the Set of New York) Governor Cuomo hasn't said you have to socially distance from ghosts this Halloween. The 13 most haunted places in the city. (John Garry for Fodors) Have you ever seen the (Will Sabel Courtney, Jeremy Winograd, Peter Kirby and Michele Herrmann for Time Out) The Chicest, Creepiest Rich People Halloween Decorations In NYC. (Christie Grimm for Guest of a Guest) The 10 best pumpkin dishes in NYC. (Devorah Lev-Tov for Thrillist) Looking for some Halloween entertainment? My wife has a new podcast: The Night Hags. In the first episode, they talk about the significance of Halloween and The Exorcist to them personally.