Halloween Starts to Appear in the West Village, New York City

My neighbors in the West Village really know how to do Halloween right. They decorate with such committed creativity. Then, on Halloween, their stoops became these tableaus, often with theatre. I just love going from building to building, it’s like carnival in a benevolent hellscape.

I should put together a collection of my favorites. Here’s my first shot for this year though. A short film follows. The best thing I ever saw is towards the end, the zombie girl on the swing. It was set up on 11th Street at a building that always had the most mind-blowing decorations, and I do not exaggerate as you will see. Unfortunately, a couple of years ago whoever was doing this stopped. I will always miss their work and I hope the reason they stopped was because they moved away and not something worse. (I probably say this same thing every year.)

Halloween West Village, New York City, 2017

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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