Hello out there! How are we doing this week, friends?
Are you feeling stressed and/or anxious? I know I’ve been reaching for a little more self-care than normal, and that’s to be expected. Just remember that we aren’t the ones in control here, and in the mean time, there are plenty of other things that we can focus on.
I know there are a lot of emotions swirling around in response to the long-awaited outcome of the election here in the United States, so I figured I would help you take a small break from the news with a super lighthearted post filled with a lot of pictures of Skyler dressed up as Batman.
I’ll also be showing you a glimpse of what Halloween was like in our neighborhood, along with my thoughts on celebrating the holiday this year during so many unknowns with this pandemic. Thanks for checking in today!
Halloween in Park Slope, Brooklyn: 2020
Unlike Halloween celebrations and parties that we’ve attended and hosted in the past, we decided to keep things extra low-key this year. We weren’t sure what was even happening nearby, or if we would feel safe attending anything with Skyler at 2.5 years old.
Our neighborhood is known for awesome Halloween festivities like a costume contest in the afternoon, outings in the park, and an Annual Park Slope Halloween Parade that invites everyone to watch and join the walk down several nearby streets and avenues. Most events were cancelled this year, however, and we wanted to keep our plans minimal and safety at the forefront.
Knowing that we wanted Skyler to at least be able to dress up and walk around, even if trick-or-treating wasn’t going to be a thing, we decided to fulfill his superhero dreams as he painted the town as Batman. (Special shout out to my Aunt Karen who sent this over to him, it was perfect!)
Like most toddlers, Skyler wasn’t sure about his costume in the weeks leading up to Halloween, and he only kept it on for a few minutes the two times we had him try it on before the holiday. But, he knew that this day was the day that he should wear it (Batman mask optional) for the remainder day and it didn’t take him long to dive deep into character.
“Fly Batman, go save the people that need you!”
“Thanks for saving us, Batman, you’re our hero!”
It was so cute to see him get so into the role, especially when people we passed by made a big deal out of his costume and talked to him like he really was Batman.
It made my heart smile so big!
I was able to find a few outings that encouraged kids to dress up and still abide by social distancing guidelines, so I felt good about having him dress up after his afternoon nap and heading out to the Downtown Brooklyn area.
We wore fun Halloween masks the whole time we were around people, and we kept our space. I heard music as soon as we walked up to an outdoor courtyard area called Albee Square, and we caught the tail end of a dance performance and celebration for families. There was a solid group of people around, but it wasn’t crowded at all. Skyler loved the music and we enjoyed taking our time walking around to see other costumes while we waited for Scott to meet us out.
After a loop through the shopping center (it was the first time I had seen it open since March!), we hopped on the subway and intentionally got off two stops before our normal home stop to be able to walk the neighborhood.
Saturdays have been awesome during the last few months, as Fifth Avenue completely shuts down to car traffic to enable local businesses to utilize the streets for additional outdoor dining space. It feels like a big block party!
This was especially fun for Halloween, as many businesses set up an outdoor Halloween booth or assigned someone to hand out candy to kids passing by. And shout out to some of the 2020-themed costumes we saw … this NYC Outdoor Dining set up was hilarious and so on point.
We made it several blocks and about halfway home before we started weaving in and out of the streets to look at the decorated stoops. We weren’t expecting to see to many options for trick-or-treating, but we were very pleasantly surprised with the outcome!
Not only were people dressing up and out to say hello to spread joy to the families walking through, but so many came up with creative ways to get candy to kids while keeping a distance.
It was really cool to see!
Building a pvc pipe candy drop was a popular one that I’d guess just about every third stoop that we visited did. Some got really into it and built entire themes around it!
There were even candy drop slides made out of other materials like tunnel tubes that are made for kids or animals to play in and walk through.
One idea worth highlighting was the building that hung candies by clothespins on twine. Each kid was able to jump up (with the help from an adult) and pick what they wanted, and it involved zero interaction.
My favorite set-up definitely goes out to the family that built this ginormous candy drop that started in their window in the second story and ended on the sidewalk. They didn’t even have to leave their apartment!
The rule was that you had to say something through the pipe in order to get candy in return, and it was really fun to see kids and people gather (in their respective parties) and laugh in response to it.
Our dude did so great trucking along, and we came home with way more candy than we expected or need to have around. We are doing our best to limit the intake to two pieces per day!
While this year’s Halloween was extremely different for our neighborhood, it was really neat to still be able to take Skyler out to see the decorations and safely trick-or-treat. Check out my video reel if you missed it, and kudos to the locals for pulling all of this off.
You made this tiny Batman have a blast, and we certainly enjoyed ourselves, too!
What did you end up doing for Halloween this year?
I’d love to hear about the most impressive candy drop idea if you saw one.
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Have a great rest of your day, try to stay sane out there, and see you back here tomorrow for a new round of Friday Favorites.