October 29, 2007 at 9:39 am 2 comments

photo-27.jpgWe’re three days away from Halloween, so if you’re like me, you’re losing sleep because (1) you still don’t know what your kids are wearing, and (2) even with the new Trader Joe’s, you and your ban-junk-food morality probably won’t have time to do better than Kit Kats.

Hey, it’s just one day, right?

Now I know the big tradition around here is to hit Austin St. for handouts from the stores–lollipop, Snickers bar, m&ms, repeat… In seven year of being a kid-shlepper, we’ve never done this. We head over for an afternoon party staged–and I do mean staged–by my friend Jennifer. I revere this woman for her heightened sense of humor and fashion and her fantastic French cooking. On Halloween, all of her pent-up SAHM creativity runs amok, this year literally, since she’ll be scaring the crap out of a posse of 7 year olds by reading aloud Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven,” complete with costume and sound effects (oooh, I might even get to ring the bell!).

After that, we head over to Burns St., which, starting at Ascan and heading toward Union Turnpike, is a top-10 Halloween attraction in Queens, if not all of NYC. You know all those adorable smushed-together row houses that butt up against the LIRR? They’re all decked out in Halloween garb, with each house outdoing the next (I bet there is some unspoken competition about this). You have to see this to believe it–decorations that rival the gaudiest done-up houses at Xmas time; lines (yes lines!) to get your 10/31-sized 3 Musketeers; and hundreds of kids dragging along through the leaves at a snail’s pace because it’s so crowded. And it’s a great moment for anyone there.

Mensch tip: if you’ve got very little ones or kids whose future emotional well-being is not dependent on sugar, grab a handful of their stash and give it back to the giver-outers on Burns Street, who simply cannot buy enough candy to satisfy everyone who rings their bells.


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  • 1. Jess  |  October 30, 2007 at 3:24 am

    This plan sounds far better than the Austin Street thing. I’ve taken Cayla and Jason in the past and felt they missed the excitement that Halloween can offer. As much as the idea of being able to trust where the candy is coming from is a good one, it doesn’t rival the fun I had on Halloween night as a kid. I always felt the experience to be had overruled the candy I collected…most of it wound up going bad anyway because I would save all the good stuff for last. Jennifer’s party sounds amazing…I want to go!

  • 2. karbeth  |  October 31, 2007 at 3:53 am

    You should just crash. What’s one more kid in costume?


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