So its that time of year, Halloween. As a non-natural born American I never quite got into the holiday. But now a mom, with my daughter getting ready for her first Halloween party on Friday, I am getting into the groove. Her costume is all ready, – a bumble bee of course! The stoop is decorated.  The candy arrived via Amazon – much cheaper – but do think I went a little overboard. Final step is what’s on tap in Harlem?


So here goes:

  1. If you don’t already have your costume go to the Ricky’s pop up shop next to the Magic Johnson Theatre in the former Hue-Man bookstore (dearly missed).
  2. Get into the spirit at the Cathedral of St John the Divine at its annual Halloween Extravaganza on Friday, October 26 from 7 to 10 pm at 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street. Brave souls can enjoy a screening of the classic film Nosferatu (1922) followed by a Procession of the Ghouls down the entire length of the nave.
  3. Work out Halloween sugar-high calories in advance at the “hash run” to support Street Squash Marathon Team on Saturday at SL Green StreetSquash Center at 41 West 115th. What is a hash run – didn’t know either – check it out at Or do not Pass Go and head directly to the party. See details at
  4. Of course, the sweet spot on my list, the costume parade hosted by the Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association on Saturday from1 to 4 PM. The costume parade contest begins in front of the Marcus Garvey Park toddler playground at W124 Street. Costume contest categories include babies, children, adults and pets. For more info check out their website at
  5. Though the Sunday forecast is for rain that may change.   If it does or if you are an all weather person, enjoy the lovely fall vista at the Harlem Meer for a Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail. It happens at the Dana Discovery Center on Sunday from 4 to 6:30. In addition to spooky storytelling, crafts with marshmallows, pumpkin-carving demonstrations and at twilight you can watch New York City’s largest pumpkin flotilla sail by! For more see
  6. D-day, Trick or treat time! Organized again by the MMPCIA there is a wonderful trick-or-treating around the Mount Morris Park neighborhood. The kids will enjoy climbing up and down the stoops to fill those loot bags. For the list of participating homes or to sign up for home to be on the list go to
  7. After the kids are in bed, or if you are blessed to still be “free”, head on up to Red Rooster and party at Ginny’s at Halloween. Gotta say, the Red Rooster image of the party is intense. Expect the party will more than live up to the promise! Join DJ Herbert Holler as he spins from 10 pm to 2:30 am. Ginny’s Late Night menu will be available, should you develop a monstrous appetite for Fried Yard Bird and Waffle, 5-Spice Baby Back Ribs or Helga’s Meatballs. For info you know the digits, but here it is…

So that’s my list. What on yours?  Let us know at #HarlemHalloween!