Nothing shows the vibrancy of a community as how it celebrates a holiday.  Last Halloween I must admit that I missed plans to go to a roof party at my friend’s place on the West Village parade route as I was struck and inspired by the emerging Halloween tradition in Central Harlem.  Kudos to the Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association, the neighborhood had organized the first ever kiddie Halloween costume competition and neighborhood crawl. Blessed with good weather, the neighborhood was abuzz as beautifully clad children travelled the streets, smiling parents in tow, as ghoulish neighbors sat waiting on brownstone porches with decadent treats.  Who needed the West Village when the Village of West Harlem was full in bloom!

So this year, unfortunately again, I will be missing my friend’s party in the West Village.  Please do check out the calendar of events for Halloween on MMPCIA’s website at Highlights include the following:

Saturday October 30:

1 PM:
The Halloween Parade in Marcus Garvey Park neighborhood

2-5 PM:
Dance & Costume Contest! Categories include Children, Teenagers, Adults—and Dogs!

4-7 PM:
Spooky Haunted House will open at The Jericho Project, 2013 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd and W121 Street.

Sunday, October 31

4-6 PM:
Trick-or-Treating Around the Mount Morris Park Neighborhood

6 PM:
Best Dressed House Contest

So enjoy the Hood and the Fun!