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A Hand-made Halloween

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Halloween is a popular holiday all around the world. In New York it involves haunted houses, creepy decoration, pumpkins, candies, and of course costumes.

“I think Halloween across the city and also in Fort Greene is a growing festival. It has become sort of a New York carnival event, like in Brazil or Italy.” said Charles Jarden, chairman at the Fort Greene Park Conservancy, organization that in partnership with the City of New York and the community, enhances the park’s function as green space and cultural hub.

On October 26, walking around at the annual Halloween festival organized by the Conservancy, was a cockroach and a little Ride bottle. They were impersonated by a dog as the bug and a baby as the solution. Sophie Pike, mother and owner of the couple said “Every year we look for pair costume, and we though this was a funny one.” And is true, people around couldn’t stop from giggling about the story cute pair.

Not far from the park, at the Trilok Fusion Center for Arts and Education, a nonprofit organization located at 143 Waverly Avenue another Halloween celebration was in place. The second version of this annual event was set in their beautiful garden where the community celebrated the spooky holiday with a variety of children’s activities including pony rides, face painting, bouncy castle, and a costume parade.

At Trilok superheroes, animals and aliens were enjoying the weather and attractions. Sabina Han, mother of two, explained her 7-year-old costume, “it’s from ‘animation adventure time’, and she is this anxi teenager vampire queen with long hair and an ax-guitar.” About her other daughter, a 4-year-old, she said, “she wanted to be a princess lady bug. It was going to be maybe a cardboard lady bug, but we also have this cape, so I just saw those things [black dots] on.”

Although some might think that making your own costume is cheaper than buying one, what this parents agree on is that making it you are only limited by your imagination. “When you buy something on the store that’s it, you can alter it in a certain degree, but if you want something that is very specific and unique sometimes people spent a lot of time making their own costumes.” said Deborah Hertzberg, costume shop supervisor and puppet designer at the Brooklyn College Department of Theater.

Kara Alfonso, mother of a 4-year-old alien commander said “He’s been talking about it for two weeks; and we have a separate costume for him, but he needed to be an alien with a big brain so we decided to make it for him.” The activity can become a family experience where parents and children are involved in creating something new. “We like doing creative things together, and specially since it was his idea I wanted him to see it come to life,” said Alfonso.



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