Guest post by Alicia Harper
Celebrating Halloween with a preschooler in the city that never sleeps can be loads of fun. Seriously, it’s like the best. time. ever. When my son Aiden was a mere toddler, I was able to dress him up in the cutest costumes known to man, take him to child-friendly places and spaces, and relish in the “oohs” and “aahs” he’d receive from mere strangers. Now that he’s a preschooler, he’s way above the “oohs” and “aahs” of complete strangers (not me though). Instead, he chooses his own costume (Buzz Lightyear seems to be his preference this year) and takes Manhattan – and some parts of Brooklyn – by storm.
One of the first things that we did this month was head on over to Madison Square Park in Flatiron to check out their Fall Kids Fest. Boy, was it so much fun with all the arts and crafts, live music, face painting, and cotton candy. Aiden was able to debut his Halloween costume and enjoy the costume parade. Total sweetness! Right across from Madison Square Park, in the Flatiron Plaza, was the Creepy Crawly Craft Fair where local artists showed both kids and adults alike how to make unique Halloween crafts and decorate pumpkins. Aiden was hard at work as he decorated his pumpkin and I was one proud single momma!
I keep finding myself getting giddy as a 5-year-old on Christmas morning every time I think of the Face Off Face Painting Station at the Gansevoort Plaza (between Hudson Street and Ninth Avenue) because I’m super excited about this event! My little guy is going to be so thrilled as professional makeup artists transform him from “ordinary preschooler” to “spooky kid.” Afterwards, lunch at our favorite diner in the Meatpacking District is definitely in order. After all, there’s no better way to show off our scary faces than to have people sit and stare at us as we eat, right? Right.
Back in Brooklyn, Aiden and I are going to head to Prospect Park for their annual Boo At The Zoo event. We love all the face painting (can’t get enough of that!), spooky craft making, meet and greets with the “creatures,” and, of course, a trip through Prospect Park’s Haunted Barn. Boo-la-la (pun intended). And since face painting and food go hand-in-hand (obviously), we’re going to have lunch. In Park Slope. Because it’s mere moments away from Prospect Park. Obviously.
Just before Halloween, Aiden and I are bouncing back to Manhattan, the Penn Station area to be exact. We’re heading to the Urban Stages Theater as they present “Jessie and The Case of The Missing Candy,” a play that involves a scarecrow, a vampire kid, a superhero, a mummy, a goblin, and… Halloween candy. Hopefully candy corns – they’re my favorite. There won’t be any face painting involved (bummer), but it’ll surely be a blast.
I’m totally going to be on Halloween and costume overload by then, but it’ll totally be worth it because I’ll be enjoying the city that I love with the little guy that I love. How are you celebrating Halloween festivities all around the city?
Alicia Harper, M.A., Ed.M. is a single mother, blogger, and recent graduate of Columbia University. Her life is filled with all things pink, except for the one bit of blue – her rambunctious 3-year-old son. Together they make a great pair, and Alicia chronicles the trials and triumphs of being a young, single mother living in NYC at Mommy Delicious.