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.