Expat Experiences, New York

Halloween Hoopla 2017

Halloween Tradition

My kids love Halloween and wherever we are, we celebrate.  Of course, being in America this means we celebrate extra hard cos America LOVES Halloween!

Our carving efforts from a couple of years ago

History

Sure, I could go into how the original of contemporary Halloween are Celtic and older than American itself (we’re talking BCE here, folks) but I bet no-one really cares.  (If you actually do care, look up Samhain and prepare to learn stuff).

Trick or Treating

Last year, being brand new to the neighbourhood, we didn’t really know where to go.  This year, lovely friends of ours guided us to the best spots in our neighbourhood.

The kids had such fun.  Setting aside a meltdown by Harry over what he should wear under his costume, all went smoothly and the kids ended up with so many treats that we’ll all be eating candy for months.  I’ve already ‘rescued’ several mini Snickers 😉

The gang heading out to trick or treat

The gang heading out to trick or treat

Leading the charge for candy

Emma, Victoria and Harry search for candy

Look how imperiously Lord Vader sweeps along

Look how imperiously Lord Vader sweeps along

Costumes

Harry is deep in to Star Wars just now so chose to be Darth Vader (he loves the bad guys) and Emma chose to be a Hogwarts student.

She’s currently a walking encyclopedia of all things Harry Potter so it was a natural choice.

Hogwarts student and Darth Vader ready to party!

Hogwarts student and Darth Vader ready to party!

Emma’s friend, Victoria, terrified us all with a simple but effective teddy bear mask.   I have to say, I really do hate masks.  Especially those smooth, featureless ones.  YIKES!

Victoria dressed up to scare

Why, Victoria, why?!

The girls are good to go

The girls are good to go

We saw so many wonderful costumes while out and about.  The house decorations were simply amazing, as always, and I have added some extra photos below of other gardens we saw on the lead up to Halloween.

Trick or Treat?

The kids are well stocked up on treats now, look how delighted they are 🙂

Harry is delighted with his haul

Harry can’t believe how lucky he’s been this year

Emma hasn't had enough candy, apparently

Emma hasn’t had enough candy, apparently

Thanks to Irina, David and Victoria for escorting us around and for the wonderful Lillian’s pizza.  We had a great Halloween this year – can’t wait for 2018!

The gang's all here

The gang’s all here!

Extra photos from Burns Street which is a local street very well known for it’s extravagant and crazy Halloween decorations.  Many residents take part and hand out thousands of pieces of candy over several hours.  Unsung heros of Halloween.

The Minions love Halloween!

The Minions – gelato!

Haunted house

Haunted house

Haunted house

Spooky!

Haunted house

Approach with caution

The Grim Reaper riding a dinosaur skeleton

The Grim Reaper riding a dinosaur skeleton – of course!

Giant cobwebs - argh!

Oh my gosh, what spider made this?!

Fantastic decorations

Fantastic decorations

A few extra photos of our adventures that night

Token effort with my hat

Token effort with my hat

Lord Vader stole the hat

Lord Vader stole the hat

Garden decorations

The dead are rising

How fab are these decorations?

How fab are these decorations?

Knock if you dare!

Knock if you dare!

Boo!

Boo! Happy Halloween!

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