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Dancing in Graveyards // Halloween in New York City

Me and my date for the night, Bruce Jenner (aka Cesar) at the V Magazine Halloween Party

 Growing up in New York City has its perks, but I always felt like I was missing out on Halloween as a kid. While the amount of candy you can collect in a single night is unsurpassable in a co-op (so long as you can hog the elevator for that long), classics like spooky hayrides and haunted cornfields just weren’t an option in the city. My ideal Halloween comes straight out of a Goospebumps book: smalltown, big mystery, loads of graveyards- the whole shebang. So when the day finally rolled around this year, I decided to try and find a little Halloween magic without leaving the city (well, Brooklyn.) 

Attempting to venture out to Red Hook, I took a couple (try 25) wrong turns and ended up in Cobble Hill. As fate would have it, I ended up finding exactly what I was looking for. The sky was a perfect shade of ominous gray, the streets were lined with brilliant fall foliage, and there were what seemed like endless rows of townhouses decorated to extremes.

Last year was supposed to be my first year attending the village Halloween parade, but Hurricane Sandy really put a damper on that plan. This year, thanks to their parade’s kickstarter campaign, they were back in full swing. It’s definitely  something to cross off the life bucket list, but the entire scene is essentially a small-scale version of (what I imagine) Times Square on New Years Eve: crowded, pushy, and intoxicated. No bueno.

Lynn's Halloween look circa 2012. 

A highlight of the evening was running into one of my favorite ‘fashion people,’ Lynn Yaeger, on her way to the Screaming Mimi’s party (though she felt strongly about staying away from anything related to fashion that night). As usual Lynn was a riot. When I asked if she was going as a witch, she said, “well, I’m wearing the hat but the rest of it is just my normal clothes.” 

(via BryanBoy's Instagram)

            My last stop of the night was the V Magazine Halloween Party at The Boom Boom Room. I went as Carrie (sadly the intensity of the entire look is a bit lost in the first shot, but just imagine a lot more blood) and my lovely date for the evening, Bruce Jenner (aka Cesar Casier). As usual, V always knows how to give us a good time. And as far as best costumes go – BryanBoy dressed as Anna Wintour takes top honors, followed closely by a faceless model dressed as the Kaiser himself, Karl Lagerfeld. Until next year. 


Beauty said...

Hope you had so much fun...the pictures do say that ...:)

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Amy said...

Crowds of intoxicated people is more scary to me than ghosts!

I'm always wanting something more out of Halloween. I want it to be a fun celebration -- where I get to dress however I want -- but I want to feel free too!

I live in a city as well so finding the pumpkin patches or eerie haunted houses is really hard :(

Maybe I'll be like you and plan something a little more fun for next Halloween!

Jen said...

Your Halloween looked like a lot of fun! I opted for a low-key get together at home and spent the night passing out candy to dozens of little "supermen" and princesses!

Mary M. said...

Wow, I have to confess this is exactly what I've been looking for in the online world- someone to tell their experience from US, because that's where Halloween was born. Also, having a fashionista to tell her Halloween story, from New York...AMAZING!! I feel like I hit the jackpot today, best blog post I could read!

Have a great weekend,
Mary x

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Unknown said...

I am loving all of these pictures! It looks like an amazing and fun Halloween. The costumes are amazing.


Sam said...

Sounds like the perfect grown-up Halloween party! We don't celebrate it here so its always fun to see. Great costumes. I am thankful for your kind comment, I find these through books I have bought, emails and a few websites. I post quotes every FRiday. Have an awesome weekend!

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Sweet Alleyway (Kasia) said...

I think that living in NY is really cool and you' re lucky girl :) Love your photos as same as NY!

Anonymous said...

Awesome post!

Oliwia Jaworska said...

hahahah! BryanBoy ♥
amazing blog ;*

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Dressed With Soul said...

What a party! Very cool impressions :)

Thanks for your nice comment, I bought my skirt from ebay :)

xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

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Unknown said...

Those are some scary pics. Going as a witch??? wrong question girl...nice post and looks like you had lots of fun. Great way to kick start the bucket list

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ice pandora said...

Nice Halloween pictures, looks like it was a success c:
I thought BryanBoy and nailed his
Anna W. :P Xx

hobovogue . said...

hahaa looks like so much fun!! boom boom room + v mag sounds like a dream. must have been tons of fun

xoxo ღ

daggistr said...

OMG so much fun ! Great party !


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Caroline Mason: 21. Native New Yorker (and one time North Carolinian). Assistant to Derek Blasberg. Just a girl who is OCD about all things fashion, drinks way too much coffee, and has an affinity for late night talk shows and travel books. FIT class of 2016. Previously with Karla Otto PR, Lori Goldstein and Lester Garcia.

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