Month: October 2012

  • Village Halloween Parade…Canceled?!

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! Unfortunately, this year’s Halloween Parade in the Village has been canceled (or at least postponed indefinitely) due to the hurricane that just blew through the area. I’m quite disappointed at this news; I was really looking forward to donning my Sherlock costume and joining the parade this evening. In my grief, I am […]

  • City of the Dead

    Over the weekend we went on a walking tour of Green-Wood Cemetery, in Brooklyn. At over 450 acres in size, this burial ground is larger than most NYC neighborhoods. There are nearly 600,000 people interred there, including Bill “the Butcher” Poole, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Boss Tweed, and Louis Comfort Tiffany. Opened way back in 1838, the […]

  • “Sexy” Halloween Costumes for Ladies

    I feel like I’m writing on this topic several years too late, since it’s something I’ve been ranting about for a while, and I’ve seen online that other people have noticed it too. I am talking about the disturbing, often hilarious trend of sexy costumes for women. Don’t get me wrong–I myself have enjoyed the rush […]

  • The Halloween Adventure Store

    After searching many nearby Party City and Spirit Halloween stores, and frustratingly not being able to find the supplies I needed for my costume, I finally remembered the one place that NEVER disappoints: Halloween Adventure (a.k.a. New York Costumes), located near Union Square. It’s open year-round, and they have everything imaginable in stock. Despite being here […]

  • Unbelievable Pumpkin Carvings

    And now, in the “So Brilliantly Executed It Seems Unreal” column, here is the most recent work by pumpkin-carving artist Ray Villafane. You’ve probably seen Ray’s carvings before, but this just wouldn’t be a proper Halloween blog if I didn’t mention his amazing work here. He’s got skills.

  • Halloween in Japan

    The celebration of Halloween is a relatively recent phenomenon in Japan. Now they have merry orange and black decorations in stores; costume parties and parades (“cosplay”–as in costume play–is their word for dressing up); and Halloween-themed candy. To wit:   Seeing the Halloween spirit spreading over to the Asian countries makes me smile. I can’t […]

  • Sticker Shock

    I don’t know about you guys, but with only ten days left, I’m currently on the hunt for my costume. And as I scramble to find all the items I need, I often find myself balking at price tags ($24.99 for tights??). It all made me wonder just how expensive Halloween costumes can get. Well, […]

  • Salem, MA

    So what makes Salem, MA, the site of the Salem Witch Trials, worth visiting? Well, there are its ties to Nathaniel Hawthorne. You can visit his birthplace… …And the House of the Seven Gables, which inspired his novel of the same name. There’s the former house of witch trial judge Jonathan Corwin, built in the […]

  • Under-Appreciated Horror Films

    I call the following films “under-appreciated” because they were not hugely successful or mainstream when they came out, or because they have not been widely praised as classics. I came across them mainly by taking a shot in the dark at Blockbuster (or on Netflix), looking for something new to watch. Many times this leads […]

  • Halloween Tees

    The online t-shirt retailer Threadless has always impressed me with their original selection of clever, beautiful, and cool t-shirt designs (most of which also come in long-sleeved or hoodie form). Plus their business model is just neat: Any artist can submit a design idea to the site! So the work is always fresh and non-commercial. I was browsing their […]