It’s Halloween Out There!

In the West Village Halloween is celebrated the Sunday before Halloween. And children trick or treat in the stores, not private homes. Stores that have agreed to participate put out signs saying that they are trick or treatable.

Some stores make a bigger deal of it than others. One made such a big deal it was a little scary for the younger ones (screams were heard inside).

These kids are lining up for candy at the Biography Bookshop (which I heard is moving, sob, sob, even though they NEVER carry my books, I don’t hold it against them, they are very nice, have otherwise excellent taste, and they’re so convenient).

For the record, I’m acting all casual and everything, but meanwhile I am TERRIFIED about the event at the 92nd Street Y tonight. I am introducing and interviewing Dan Aykroyd and his father Peter, who just came out with a book called A History of Ghosts. I’ve spoken with Peter on the phone and he was so nice and gracious and I’m sure his son is too, and everything will be fine, but I am only human, for the love of God. And I’m nervous.

Meanwhile, downstairs on Bleecker Street the children are enjoying hayrides, oblivious to the life of terror in front of them. Or are they? I’m pretty sure I knew. Nonetheless, I couldn’t wait. Bring on the terror.


Hello Fall.


Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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7 thoughts on “It’s Halloween Out There!

  1. Oh, I hope the children don’t know too much about the terrors to come. I know some kids know but one of my few remaining bedrock beliefs is that children deserve a worry- and fear-free childhood.

    Good luck tonight; you are going to be great. You’re going to meet the Aykroyds. That is SO COOL!! (I had a crush on Dan during my adolescent years, well, still really…) You have no reason to be nervous, I’m sure they’ll be happy to meet a thoughtful, interesting writer and person such as yourself.

  2. I just posted about it, but the Aykroyds were just as nice as can be.

    And Dan is still very crush-worthy. If not more so. He was just so generous and gracious. Treating this mob to dinner, acknowledging people. At one point he announced to the table and the whole restaurant that this was the best italian restaurant in the city, which I’m sure the owners appreciated.

  3. Ha,
    I laughed about the “still crush-worthy.” Before I read these comments I looked at your more recently posted photos, and my first thought was, “Lookit Dan, he’s so CUTE!” I’m so glad it went well. Good on you, and good on the Aykroyds!

  4. He really looked good and young. He’s 58 but if someone had told me he’s in his 40’s I would have believed them.

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