People are serious about decorating for Halloween in our neighborhood. Starting at the beginning of the month, pumpkins and gourds will appear on stoops and windowsills. Around mid-October you’ll start seeing a few little handkerchief ghosts hanging from trees. You might also notice a severed hand on a wide stone railing of a stoop or a pair of veiny googly eyeballs looking back at you from an iron gate. A few ambitious neighbors will start pulling out the big tools and planks of plywood to start building temporary facades for their haunted houses (seriously, who are these people? How do they have time to build such elaborate sets in their front yards??). By Halloween week, huge spiders will start scaling up brownstone walls, skeletons and gruesome corpses will hang from tree top branches and random stuffed body parts will be strewn about yards.
I love walking a different route each day with the kids to school on the very last week of October. It’s like going on a treasure hunt or a discovery trail since you never know what you might see peeking from behind the hedges. It makes the long walk to school a lot of fun. And with this wildly warm 70 degree weather we’re having? Can’t think of any place I’d rather be for Halloween than our neighborhood in Brooklyn.