By Vladimir Brezina and Johna Till Johnson
This year’s Halloween decorations were plenty scary. But in our neighborhood, they’re just the backdrop: Every year, Carnegie Hill Neighbors, the local neighborhood association, puts on “Spooktacular”, a Halloween block party that features entertainers (including a lively DJ/MC playing dance music) and a costume contest—and of course trick-or-treating, with lots, and lots, and LOTS of candy!
Whole families show up in costume, including mother, father, kids, pets, and—this being the Upper East Side—nanny. (For those who don’t know, the Upper East Side is home to financiers, top lawyers, and other Masters of the Universe.)
The party is open to the whole neighborhood, and it seems to be getting bigger, and better, each year. (Here are the photos from 2011, 2012, and 2013.)
The photographer stalking his prey (while being stalked by a giant floating spider)…
… and here are some of his photos:
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Even skeletons check their cell phones
Dad! I don’t WANT a can on my head!
Ancient spirit, modern technology
Quintessentially New York
Your well dressed fright
Young Bride of Death
All tuckered out
A proper dandy
Portrait of a pharaoh
Witch and phone
Eyes behind the mask
Star of the show
Now THIS is what Halloween’s about!
He knows he looks spiffy!
Princess #7 (Shy and lovely)
Another scary lady
Priorities… it’s all about the candy!