Halloween in NYC

Hannah and I had a fabulous time on Halloween. Since she visited us last year, we didn’t need to see all of the sight seeing stops. We also did not exactly stick to our Halloween plan. We crossed Alice’s Tea Cup off the to-do list and added Chipotle because we thought we could get a cheap burrito if we dressed up. So, Hannah put on the dwarf beard and hat and got in line. When she got up to pay, she saw the sign that said the burrito discount only applied AFTER 5 pm. Oops. Embarrassed, she pulled off the costume and forked over the full amount. Stupid Chipotle.

Next stop was Levain Bakery. I gave Hannah my card and had her get in line for us since I couldn’t get in the bakery with the stroller. She made conversation with the man in front of her who was a local. When she went to pay for the five cookies (which are $4 each, $20 total… and yes they definitely ARE worth the four bucks per cookie), she gave the cashier my card and it wouldn’t work. Turns out, I gave her my JCPenney card. Everyone probably thought, “Oh, poor Texan girl doesn’t know how to pay with a credit card!” Haha! Anyway, she was about to pull our her own card when the man she had talked to in line said, “Here… it’s on me!” Uhmmm…. THANK YOU! Best treat ever!

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Next stop was the park which is where Ashley met up with us. We were very close to Bethesda Fountain, which I had never been to but have always wanted to see since it’s in one of my favorite movies: Home Alone. Also, Enchanted… and a million other movies. The weather was perfect, the trees were beautiful, we felt like we were in a movie ourselves!

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We thought we’d take the long way out of the park to end up at the Natural History Museum, but somehow we got reallllly turned around without knowing and ended up on the Upper East Side instead. I was so embarrassed! I couldn’t believe I got us so turned around in there… but to my defense, we weren’t on the main path, we were back on little trails. Anyway, after another long walk across the park, we got back to the West side. By that time it was already 5 and so we decided to skip the museum trick or treating and go down some of the streets instead, one of which was closed off to traffic. I’m very glad we did that! It was SO fun! All of the lobbies and brownstones were decked out in Halloween decorations and it wasn’t terribly busy. We had a great time and at one point I almost started crying thinking about how wonderful it was. I loved going trick or treating as a kid and just couldn’t believe I was now sharing that experience with my own daughter and in New York City of all places.

Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 9.39.52 AMFor dinner, we went downtown to Brookfield. It wasn’t crowded at all and was perfect for families and big groups… so if you’re in NYC next Halloween, go there! Go there any time of the year too obviously, I’m obsessed.

Another Halloween for the win!



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