Organizers bill Nyack's Halloween Parade as the biggest Halloween parade in the northeast outside of New York City's parade in Greenwich Village. Certainly, throngs of people line the street, many in costumes themselves, to watch a collection of ghosties, goblins, witches and other strange characters parade through the center of this quaint village.
The parade is held every year, the Saturday immediately preceding Oct 31. Preparations for the big event kick off weeks in advance. Each year, kids from local schools paint shop windows with spooky pictures.
This year, agents at Keller Williams built a float -- a huge haunted house, in the shape of a classic village Victorian. We had a blast planning it, building it, and painting it!
Here is the Keller Williams crew on one of the many days we got together to paint the details on our haunted house. We had lots of little helpers whose efforts added a distinct ambiance to the finished product. My kids had paint in their hair for days after.
I dressed as a witch and walked with the float on parade day. Many people told me I never looked better, and that my outfit was an apt reflection of my true nature. The picture is maybe too small to see the gross warty plastic nose I had stuck on my face. My kids hated it! I scared the willies out of the children of some of my clients when I ran up to them during the parade. Not even my candy offering made them feel better.
On Halloween night itself, the village of Upper Nyack is the place to be. Every year, we meet up with friends and take our kids trick or treating in this neighborhood of antique homes. Residents really get into the spirit of the evening and many deck their homes out with elaborate decorations.
We cap off our Halloween evening with a visit to the Haunted House, put together each year by the Upper Nyack Fire Department. This is the first year our six-year-old would actually go inside. Once we got inside, she was so terrified, she cried for me to back up and go out. Impossible due to the crowd of people behind us waiting to get in. I'm happy to say that we both made it all the way through safely. I wonder if she'll want to do it again next year. I know I do!
Upper Nyack's Fire Department on Halloween night.
jennifer mallory | associate broker | "real integrity in real estate"
keller williams hudson valley realty | 18 laurel rd, new city ny 10956
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