Halloween ’14

For Halloween this year we took Henry trick-or-treating at the American Museum of Natural History after a fun day celebrating with his daycare friends. So he spent most of his day dressed as a T.Rex which was especially appropriate for the museum visit.

Maryellen and the daycare crew in costume.

Maryellen and the daycare crew in costume.

Cranky T-Rex

Today we marched in the Annual Washington Market Park Halloween Parade. Neighborhood kids and parents march down Greenwich Street in costumes and enter the park for a variety of Halloween activities. My sister and I almost participated last year, but both our kids fell asleep in their strollers before it started. Henry may have been tired this year too because he didn’t seem very excited about the events today.

Back to the Pumpkin Patch

We returned to the annual neighborhood Pumpkin Patch Party. Some readers may recall that Henry dressed as a wolf last year. This year he attended in a Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur costume before changing for comfort and to allow for face-painting. Luckily Henry didn’t have to choose between his preference for Elmo or Spiderman since his face-painter cleverly combined both into a Spider-Elmo design.

Trick or Treat

Henry wore his wolf costume one last time today for Halloween. He wore it to daycare, where Maryellen had a party, and kept it on when he got home to hand out candy and trick or treat for the first time in our building. All the kids in the neighborhood seemed especially jubilant this Halloween. It might be because Halloween really didn’t happen last year due to the storm, or maybe I just notice more because Henry’s involved now.


Sunday Afternoon Strollers

There were several Halloween events in our neighborhood yesterday. We were intent on joining a small parade that marches down Greenwich Street. This is a chance for all the kids in the neighborhood to dress up and walk to Washington Market while showing off their costumes. Henry and Mae both decided to take their naps shortly after we lined up.

On Sunday afternoon we went for another short walk and discovered a one-room museum, MMuseumm, tucked away in a freight elevator in a small alley in Tribeca. As a belated birthday gift, Julie and I were also able to go to dinner at her favorite dining spot, Les Halles. Thanks to Mark for watching both babies.

Today will be the saddest day of the visit, Julie and Mae are leaving this afternoon.

Pumpkin Patch Party

Today we attended a Halloween-themed party in our neighborhood organized by the real estate company that manages our building. There was a pumpkin patch with carving and decorating stations, apple cider, snacks and music. Henry also publicly debuted his Halloween costume. Though one woman asked if he was an angry koala (?), he’s actually a ferocious wolf.

On a side note, I’m proposing that henceforth, an “Angry Koala” will be 2 oz Bundaberg rum, 1 oz Kahlua, 1 oz Coca-Cola and 1 oz light cream served over crushed ice.