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halloween in brooklyn

We moved to California almost one year ago, and if there was just one day I could magically be back in Brooklyn, it's Halloween. 

Halloween in Brooklyn starts early, around 4 PM or so, trick or treating down the row of stores on Court Street. Almost every store gives out a little something, and even the grumpy woman who works at the deli seems happy on Halloween. Our next door neighbors always have a big Halloween party, and it doesn't hurt that he's a chef, so the food is always amazing. Then on to meet up with our friends in Cobble Hill, to join the parade led by Dan Zanes.  That place is usually a zoo, but it's so sweet to see all the kids decked out in their costumes, and you always run into a few old friends. We then head up to Brooklyn Heights, trick or treating at all the brownstones along the way. There are a couple of beautiful old streets in the Heights that go all out for Halloween, and we hit one or two before heading home to tuck our tired kids into bed. 

A few shots of our past Halloweens in Brooklyn: 

C's first Halloween - He's a ventriloquist's dummy (and yes, that is a wig)

Dad was Harry Potter, and C as Hedwig, Harry Potter's owl.


C as Curious George. (Bee went as a banana and dad was the man in the yellow hat)


C as Peter Pan, Bee as Tinkerbell, and dad as Captain Hook. (that's a wig too..)



It looks like this year will be the first year the kids dress up without their dad. They have started to have their own opinions about costumes and how can I interfere with a 4 year old's Halloween dreams? But I am a little sad to see the tradition end. A little sad that we aren't in Brooklyn anymore. 

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Just as I was thinking again about how much I was missing in the States with Halloween nearing and all the Fall Fun we were missing out on, I see this post. I'm so nostaligic. But it is super fun to see these costumes and how fun your husband dresses up! :) Here's so new memories in your new CA home.

10.16.2008 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

one of my favorite memories of JR is him telling me about heading to burlington coat factory to get the pieces for his captain hook costume.

and that first halloween with our babies. . . the ventriliquist dummy and the sock monkey (and you as "ms. spanish fork") at the liddiard's party. those are good memories.

boo. now i'm nostalgic for brooklyn and i'm still here! it's just changing too much with so many people gone.

10.17.2008 | Unregistered Commenterkatie

Just stumbled across your blog... these pictures are too much. Love them.

10.17.2008 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Change, transitions and leaving behind a beloved tradition can certainly cause a lump in your throat the size of a Milk Dud. Or a whole fun-size box of them. As much as you adore children's books, it might be make you feel better to check out THE STRANGER by Chris Van Allsburg. An eery, wonderful autumn must-read. All you know right now is what you left behind. October 31st will arrive in your new pumpkin patch and be full of happy surprises. :)

Halloween in new york city was fabulous too...i remember it so well & it seeming like our whole little neighborhood would celebrate together. i don't feel that so much in SF. i look forward to going back there again someday to live...by that time, it'll be to hand out candy, but that's okay too!

10.22.2008 | Unregistered Commentermolly

ok so if me and my bf had a child it would look like the first picture..( Well the wig part for sure)

look at: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3022/2950435244_3b1681d130.jpg?v=0

soooo cute!

Oh man, I'm going to miss you guys trick or treating this year :( Those were the days!

10.23.2008 | Unregistered Commenterjoelle

I'm totally with you. I moved to California from Park Slope and really miss the Halloweens! I'm sorry I missed you at Market. I was sitting right next to you all at the Four Seasons on Friday and didn't even know it was you! And no, I was NOT at the table drooling over David! Beautiful booth. Maybe we'll meet next year...

10.30.2008 | Unregistered Commenterchiggy

Oh how I love the ventriloquist's dummy. That is my favourite. And then some.

11.7.2008 | Unregistered Commenterlexi

awww. i grew up in that neighborhood and recognize 1st place between clinton & henry.

02.10.2009 | Unregistered CommenterIsabel Kallman

hey!! family tradition doesnt have to end does it?? those costumes are wonderfull and cant' dad be a superhero as well?? all the costumes are great!! thanks for the great ideas..

10.4.2009 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

Hi there,

Hey in Brooklyn… I am always glad to celebrate the Halloween


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