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This was Mlle’s second Halloween.  Her first was spent hiding away in a friend’s Upper Westside apartment waiting for the lights to come back on below 14th street after Super Storm Sandy (which took about a week for our neighborhood!).  This year, the weather was much more conducive to All Hallow’s Eve festivities – in fact, it was almost too warm in the unseasonal mid-high 60s.

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As you can see, we dressed her like a proper chef and took part in the NYU 23rd Annual Halloween Children’s Parade.  The parade is a walk around Washington Square Park and ends at a street fair with games and treats for everyone.  It was a lot of fun as I haven’t really participated in anything Halloween related since I was a kid.  There were tons of other proud parents snappping pics of their costumed kiddies so it was really great to get a few compliments from the crowd for the Mlle.  My mother, who is a fantastic seamstress, whipped up the jacket and hat.  I had the most wonderful and elaborate costumes as a child and I was so pleased that my mom offered to make something for Mlle.  Left to my own devices, Mlle may just end up like this next year.

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Mlle is still a little young for most of the activities but we took a spin on the carousel and then hurried back home after because we wanted to beat the crowds that descend upon the West Village for the grown-up Halloween parade.  Here’s some sights of the city getting prepared:

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In front of my building, this was happening:

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It seems someone famous was taking her brood trick-or-treating.  I didn’t bother to look who it was – I never recognize them anyway.  However, I snapped pics of the paps because I love the idea that celebs are my neighbors and walk down my street!  I hear Hugh Jackman goes running shirtless around here – if ever I saw him doing so, I clearly didn’t recognize him.

Hope you had a happy Halloween too!

kitchenfloor Mlle says, “Out of my kitchen!  I have work to do!”

Ghost still from “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!”

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