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k r o Y w A Ne N E E W HALLO HALLOWEEN IN THE VILAGE

TEXT & PHOTO: TRACY KALER

Before I moved to New York, I sat on my bungalow’s front porch and handed out candy to droves of kids in my Atlanta neighbourhood on Halloween. While that was fun, my Halloweens in NYC are drastically different. In our building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, apartment owners sign up if they intend to be home and would like to accept trick-or-treaters. I’m sure seeing dozens of costumed tykes wearing smiles as Hershey’s chocolates drop into their plastic pumpkins is an amusing way to spend Halloween, but I’ve never actually done it, and I won't be able to do it this year either. Like other years, I won't be

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home on October 31 because I’ll sport a costume myself and march up Sixth Avenue in the Village Halloween Parade. In fact, thousands of New Yorkers of all ages march in the parade every year, and it’s one of the most fantastic New York experiences anyone could ever imagine. The revelry begins at Canal Street where singles, couples, and families line up in their costumes –– some funny, some horrific, and some downright outlandish. (This is New York, after all.) Of the 100,000 or so participants, most march the route, which starts at Spring Street and

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