the 12 days of halloween

November 1, 2009 |  Category:   holidays nyc

















It felt like Halloween lasted for weeks this year, what with all the activities that stretched through many weekends. But it’s finally over. The girls got dressed in their costumes (Claudine refused to wear the “scratchy, annoying” pointy crayon hat and Mia just wanted to wear her regular old ballet fairy get up) and we walked and walked for miles all over the neighborhood and through Prospect Park during the day. One building courtyard pizza party, trick-or-treating with a gang of neighbors, and a Halloween parade later and we are done. The Sugar Nazi took a holiday yesterday and I tried not to care how many pieces of candy the girls ate, but we did negotiate with them beforehand that they had to eat an apple and a few carrot sticks before trick-or-treating. This turned Mia into Super Grumpy Girl who just wanted candy candy candy all day long (not sure what that exchange of looks is about in the second picture).

Wanna know what’s weird? For the past 4 or 5 Halloweens, the weather has been warm, even if the day before and after is 15-20 degrees cooler. I remember a few freezing Halloweens in the past, pre-kids, when I’d go up to the Village to watch the big Halloween Parade in a big coat, shivering and jumping up and down to keep warm. But in recent years, it’s been downright balmy with no jackets required. Pretty lucky since it spares you from a battle with your kid who doesn’t want to cover up her costume with a coat. It also allows people to come out in wacky costumes, full throttle. At the parade, we sat on the curb next to a middle-aged man dressed as a baby – diapers, shirt riding up a big belly, bonnet and pacifier – creepy, but kinda funny at the same time. Claudine stared at him for a long time, confused, and referred to him all night long as “fake baby man”. Three of our neighbor kids who are 6 and 7 all made the same comment, each on their own and at different times during the parade. “That is totally inappropriate”.

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  • Peter Quinn November 1, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Hi. I am a long time reader. I wanted to say that I like your blog and the layout.

    Peter Quinn

  • kribss November 1, 2009 at 10:07 am

    love the pics- they made me smile. wish it was warmer over my way- coats, hats + gloves had to come out. LOVE those striped tights!!!

  • mrs boo radley November 1, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Looks like fun! LOVE your photos.

  • Annie From Seattle November 1, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Ha…what fantastic pictures but….Jenna, where’s your costume? We’re not too old to share in the fun!

  • Niki November 1, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Picture #6…that lady is the Swine Flu, isn’t she? Hahaha. The girls look great, looks like a blast trick-or-treating in your neighborhood.

  • ChantaleP November 1, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Love the pics! Judging by the light, your day must’ve started early. Wow! A parade?? I love the decorations around your ‘hood. Freakin’ amazing!

  • Sandy November 1, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous photos! Halloween looked like so much fun in the big city.

  • mina November 1, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Ahh! Claudine’s scared faces are precious! And Mia’s street tough look is no joke! Is it a stare-down with the chicken?!

  • Anna @ D16 November 1, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    That pig costume is the stuff of nightmares!

  • Jenna November 1, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    I don’t know what that stare-down/evil eye was about. Wish I could’ve seen the chicken’s face.
    Anna, that pig costume is scary cause the nose…just looks so natural.

  • JD November 1, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Hi Jenna
    Just want to let you know that I think your blog is delightful. Also, with regards to Halloween and the appropriateness of costumes – we went to a Halloween party on the weekend with children included and I was not amused at some guests with gory outfits and our host who decided to wear a truly scary mask and terrorise the children. He has a baby of his own who wasn’t fazed by it but other kids, including my 4.5 yr old son, were somewhat traumatised. One little girl was actually crying. I will think again before going along to another party like that.

  • Lara November 2, 2009 at 1:46 am

    OMG Claudine’s expressions made me laugh! I love it.

  • Tara November 2, 2009 at 3:32 am

    Claudine´s face is absolutely perfect! What is the story behind that one? I was laughing out loud this morning.

  • Tara November 2, 2009 at 3:32 am

    (in the shot where you are holding her…)

  • Kate, aka Guavalicious November 2, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Love seeing all the different Halloween costumes, much more creative than normal. but I am also relieved to see that Spiderman makes an appearance everywhere.

  • Jenna November 2, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Tara (and Lara) Don’t know what the face is about. She always makes goofy faces, so she may not actually be reacting to anything in that shot.

  • RJ November 2, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    HAHAHA! Please thank Claudine for the laugh! Her frightened face is priceless! SO adorable.

  • Lecia/A Day that is Dessert November 2, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    I know what you mean about Halloween going on and on and ON…fun as it is. Yesterday I put away everything Halloween related. The spooked expressions are priceless!

    I agree about the man as baby – creepy.

  • Stella November 2, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    I literally laughed out loud at Claudine’s expression. Hysterical!

  • kerri November 3, 2009 at 12:14 am

    seriously, kids’ expressions are absolutely priceless.

    in the third to last pic, it looks like claudine is getting owned by a bag of candy.

    thank you for making me laugh today. 🙂

  • Alexis November 3, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    The sugar nazi?! Me too….LOL I thought I was the only one…Love the stink eye Claudia is giving the chicken.

  • Tumus November 4, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Yeah that picture of Claudine is REALLY funny. You look like the Mona Lisa holding a very expressive angel LOL