It’s Halloween and in New York it is taken very seriously. I have just walked home from E’s swimming lesson and the streets are full of adults and children dressed in all manner of crazy costumes. I had to shield J from the man who was wrapped in bandages, holding a severed head with a meat hook and sporting a large grey rat gnawing into the bloody gauze on his head…Yuck.
J and I are hiding indoors, providing sweets to trick or treaters, as he has taken completely against Halloween and will not wear a costume and freaks out when he gets anywhere near anyone in fancy dress. R has taken E out trick or treating resplendent in her huntress outfit inspired by The Hunger Games.
The best named sweets for this year are Sassy Tarts. In the interests of my readers, I ate the one pictured below and it turns out to be a rather disappointing tablet sweet. A bit like a refresher, if you remember those (still around?) but more like some kind of chalky heart burn tablet! I’ll stick with chocolate, even if it is American.
We have already bought our pumpkin: they are everywhere so why not join in? Designed by E and carved by R. It looks fabulous lit up this evening. Shame we’re so high up in our apartment, no one but us will see it!
Rather sinister kitty cat for Halloween.
In our local park today there was a costume contest for the local dogs in celebration of Halloween. The Halloween Howl was packed with dogs of all shapes and sizes dressed up and prancing around in an attempt to win a prize. Crazy stuff, but there was a great atmosphere and you couldn’t help but smile and go ‘aahh’ a lot. Check out some of the entrants:
This one is carrying a replica of the Roosevelt Island Tram. Came second in its class.
A super hero and winner of its class.
My favourite. Check out the daschund on the right: yes, he’s wearing a leather cap!
This is a gourd. It’s a sort of vegetable, pumpkin type thing. They are everywhere at the moment as New York gears up for Halloween. This is a particularly nobbly one that I found in Fairways this morning. Isn’t it great?
I say this because it feels like the run up to today has been going on forever. I knew Americans loved Halloween, but in New York it’s crazy. Houses are covered in ghoulish decorations; shops are dripping with pumpkins and other pumpkin related paraphernalia and if I see another Halloween related food stuff, I’ll scream! I have never seen anything like it.
In honour of this madness, I have been collecting photos of Halloween decorations from when I’ve been out and about in the last couple of weeks. Happy Halloween!
If this isn’t enough to catch your attention, get closer to the door and find the notice telling you this property has been condemned!
Oh dear, the wicked witch of the east appears to have met her end under this hay bale.
A little something from Dean and Deluca that dyes your teeth black. They wouldn’t let me photograph the others directly behind this one I bought for E last week.
A scary sight when you walk into the lobby of this apartment building.
Yet more cupcakes, this time from the new Zabar outlet on 87th and Lexington.
The most impressive of the lot, this is the front of a house on 72nd Street.
And here are the front steps of the same house. What you can’t see is the rocking mad lady at the top of the stairs.
And the side of the house. This place is nuts and attracting a lot of interest from passers by.