Brownstone Brooklyn is Halloween town

October 28, 2010 |  Category:   holidays nyc

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.

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  • Dana Galatzan October 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    WOW this sounds like some serious fun!!!!!!!!!!1

  • kay* [from india. with love] October 28, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    i wish it was like this in my neighbourhood. if we’re lucky we may see a couple of carved pumpkins. that’s about it.

    this would be a real treat though! lucky you :)

  • Carol October 29, 2010 at 2:17 am

    Wow, even though us Brits do celebrate Halloween, we don’t seem to go all out like Americans do…It looks like a lot of fun :-)

  • Caddy October 29, 2010 at 3:51 am

    How cool! I started decorating for Halloween today but I’m justing using are old decorations from years past. Nothing like the awesome stuff in your neighborhood.

  • Emma October 29, 2010 at 9:10 am

    I love this! We don’t really celebrate Halloween in Aus, not much anyway …

  • bronwyn October 29, 2010 at 9:28 am

    So fun! I wish my neighborhood got in to Halloween like that. There are only a few that do and we travel to them for trick or treating. In my neighborhood the kids trick or treat at the shops and restaurants instead of the homes. They start at about 3pm, carry plastic grocery bags, and say “give me candy” rather than “trick or treat”. And most wear no costume. But a couple of neighborhoods over, they REALLY get into it. Haunted houses, dry ice, scary movies projected onto sheets hanging from trees. It’s pretty awesome.

  • Kyli October 29, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Have you seen the front yard pirate ship on 2nd Street between 5th/6th? NUTS!

  • Angie October 29, 2010 at 11:39 am

    how fun!

  • Leah October 29, 2010 at 11:43 am

    I just moved to Brooklyn recently from the UWS, and I cannot get over how much people here decorate for Halloween! It’s wonderful, and so fun and festive! I can’t wait to see what the holidays are like…

  • Bethany October 29, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Amazing! Truly. Around here, you may see a pumpkin on the stoop or maybe some sheet ghosts hanging from trees, but nothing like that!

    Have you seen Mrs. L’s Brooklyn Limestone? She talks about decorating for Halloween on her blog, usually months in advance. Here’s the link to this years facade:

  • Jenna October 29, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Kyli, yes, we’ve seen the 2nd street house. We live a few blocks away and it’s on our way to school. They do a different theme every year.

  • SGC October 29, 2010 at 7:57 pm


    I’ve been following your blog for a little bit and wow, what a small world or city NY is – I recognized your husband at Costco today! We live in BPC :)

    Can’t wait to bombard you with holiday orders for everyone we know this year :)

  • Jenna October 29, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    sGC, haha, Mark WAS at Costco in the late afternoon! That is hilarious

  • cherish October 30, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    that is so wonderful! life is short, it’s great to celebrate whenever possible.