Harlem Halloween

October 31, 2008

In Harlem, when Halloween comes around, hundreds of trick or treaters head to 125th Street, the neighborhood’s legendary “Main Street.”

Starting at 3:00, when school is out, shops and restaurants open their doors and fill waiting goody bags with cookies and candies. Ghosts and goblins, witches and vampires wander in and out, up and down, gathering treats and attention. Passersby sometimes stop and drop change into the bulging goody bags.

Downtown, in Greenwich Village, there is an enormous Halloween Parade going on, with elaborate floats, corporate sponsors and lots of adults in racy costumes. But today in Harlem, the day is all about making sure that the kids (even the “fur kids”) have a safe and happy Halloween.

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Painted pit bull

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Clown

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Purple pussy cat

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Lamb and princess

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Handman with toolbelt

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Viking girl

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Father and son psycho killers

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Kitty cat girls

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Elmo and Dora the Explorer

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Scooby-Doo enjoying a treat

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Pumpkin dog and police cat in stroller

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Prisoner brothers

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Mobster girl

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Shreck

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Mom witch and princess daughter

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Clerk outside a clothing store

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Dragon

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Princess and her brothers

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Doctor

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Police officer

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Fireman

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Ninja in front of shoe store

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Fairy princess

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Trick or treaters emerge from a drug store

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Family group

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Three ninja piggies

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Evil doctor

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Snow White and Tinkerbell

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This store is all out of candy
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Time for the little monsters to go home

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