Updated: September 15, 2020 08:01 PM
Created: September 15, 2020 01:31 PM
Halloween may look a little different this year, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo said kids will still be able to go trick-or-treating.
"I would not ban trick-or-treaters going door to door," Cuomo said.
The governor was asked about Halloween festivities while being interviewed on News12 Long Island Tuesday morning.
"I'm not going to tell you you can't take your child through the neighborhood, I'm not going to do that," Cuomo said. "I'll give you my advice and guidance and then you make that decision what you do that night."
That's good news for shops like The Costumer. Co-owner Bonnie Johnsen said they've made some changes to ensure people feel safe.
"We're taking all of this quite seriously," she said.
Johnsen said customers will enter through the rear door, where there's hand sanitizer and stickers marking the direction they should walk as they browse the aisles.
Customers are still able to try costumes on this year, but only one at a time.
If you decide you don't like it, the costume will be kept off the floor for at least 24 hours. Then it will be steamed or sanitized before it can go back out for someone else to try on, purchase or rent.
Customers will not be allowed to try on masks, instead they're asked to use a QR code to see what it will look like on.
Johnsen said this year they're also offering some of their custom, handmade costumes typically reserved for scholastic productions.
She said they haven't had any trouble stocking up because of the pandemic, and they've already seen people coming in looking for ideas.
"Maybe it's not going to be that large party, maybe it's going to be more of a local costume parade or a costume contest that's put on by your local neighborhood," Johnsen said. "I think people are going to find ways to safely celebrate the holiday regardless."
If you're not comfortable shopping with other customers in store, you can make an appointment at the Schenectady location on Barrett Street.
You can also shop online or do curbside pickup. You can find more information about those options on The Costumer's website.
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