I don’t know if there is a more magical time in NY than Fall (cue Ella Fitzgerald singing “Autumn in New York”). Seriously folks, if you’re ever planning on a visit here, do it in the Fall. It’s magical! And I can’t think of a more charming place to be during the weeks ramping up to Halloween than our neighborhood in Brooklyn. People really love to dress up their brownstones and homes, and just today I passed a house-transformation in progress a few blocks away from us that is famous for turning their brownstone into a haunted house. We even have a Halloween House Tour map that plots all the decorated houses in the hood and our very own Halloween Parade that is a ruckus of marching bands and costumes. But aside from all the festivities held at the Botanic Gardens, Prospect Park and other local venues, it’s just a whole lot of fun kicking through the leaves and walking around. You might just see a giant purple spider scaling the exterior of a limestone building or blinking eyeballs nestled in the bushes. I’ve been desperately trying to find time to walk around with my camera to capture my favorite season but haven’t been able to thus far. I see some of the trees in the playground across the street from me starting to look bare. I’m trying to hold onto Fall as long as I can.