brooklyn is a halloween kind of town

October 30, 2009 |  Category:   holidays life nyc







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.

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  • s.w.l. October 30, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    are you being scolded for your picture taking? so adorable!

  • Lecia/A Day that is Dessert October 30, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Oh my goodness – what a great set of photos! And those pumpkins graduated in size are just too much :). And what’s up with the scolding you’re getting? Very funny.

  • Manya October 30, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Oh Jenna, I loooove these pictures! You are making me so homesick. You know, my cousins and my dad lived in Prospect Park, and I have old pictures of them at Botanic Gardens. We’re talking about the 50’s. My aunts used to go to the park with a hat and gloves! Imagine!

  • Christy October 31, 2009 at 12:30 am

    I want those red and white tights!!! AND celebrate Halloween in the US!! Is that too much too ask??

    The girls look so adorable in that photo!!

  • Eddie October 31, 2009 at 3:04 am

    Looking at these photos and looking at my little nieces; I get homesick so fast cause I miss you guys and New York badly. Enjoy Halloween!!! Give Mia and Claudine some candy from their one and only uncle.

  • selkie October 31, 2009 at 4:39 am

    I LOVE C’s new look with the barrette (even with the scold face)!

  • nisha October 31, 2009 at 7:50 am

    love reading your posts and seeing your pictures – simply beautiful. My sister and I love NYC and have been in the summer and winter, but never fall…..will have to make that happen.

  • Lois October 31, 2009 at 8:20 am

    I am cracking up at the pic of Claudine wagging her finger!!

  • Jenna October 31, 2009 at 8:23 am

    oh yeah, I’m being scolded. Actually, Mia is the one that is starting to protest being photographed lately. So she was sitting by herself and started shaking her finger at me. C saw her do this and immediately ran to sit next to her and copy her sister as Mia hid behind her.

  • kribss October 31, 2009 at 8:43 am

    is this the brownstone that does the transformation?

    great photos + i definitely love the one of you being scolded! 🙂

  • Jenna October 31, 2009 at 8:49 am

    kribss, no this is not the house (though that house is cool!). This house put up temporary walls that cover the facade of their brownstone. I will try and take a photo of it as we walk around today.

  • chris October 31, 2009 at 9:00 am

    What wonderful atmosphere!

  • Aimee October 31, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Great photos, as always. I’ve been trying to decide what time of year to visit nyc next year, and you’re convincing me that fall should be at the top of my list. Hope you guys have a great Halloween!

  • Joy October 31, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    I love Claudine’s shoes! You have the most fashionable kids. 🙂

  • kribss November 1, 2009 at 10:05 am

    i wasn’t sure how far away the brooklyn limestone house from you but thought i would ask. and from your pics- wow! brooklyn does go all out for halloween- cant wait to see christmas :O)

  • Araceli November 2, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Great pics Jenna! I love fall as well…maybe I should also get some last pictures before it goes away 🙁