Posted in Halloween | NYC | pictures on November 3, 2008

photos by Tim Griffin and John S. Ra

Soya Milk & Latte (by Tim Griffin)
Halloween

A brilliant Halloween swept away the gloom from a city that desperately needed some good tidings. I left my home late Friday afternoon in my old, fat Elvis costume, and the streets of Nolita were packed with children dressed as skunks, pixies, angels, and such. I had to stop to watch this mini-parade of cuteness. Store owners filled the little tykes' pumpkins and bags from their own pumpkins and bags with the requisite sweet stuff. I grabbed a cab to take me to a production meeting over at Webster Hall, where I was to be a judge at the $5,000 costume contest. Adults and teenagers in clown suits and monster masks strolled past at lights, and I asked my Pakistani driver what he thought of Halloween. He told me that he never understood it: "Americans are usually so brash and poorly dressed despite the great wealth of the country. But on this day they go crazy and are suddenly creative and very nice." He concluded that it gave him "a great feeling of optimism about us." [Steve Lewis]
More pictures from Friday night's parade below...

photos by Tim Griffin

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Comments (21)

the guy with a cat on his head, love it.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2008 12:57 PM

cat on head. best costume.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2008 1:05 PM

cat on head is a SHIL!

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2008 1:06 PM

My favorite custome costume of the night is the one on the right:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/danfun/2993087051/in/set-72157608571544158/

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2008 1:12 PM

BORING.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2008 2:01 PM

guy w/ cat dresses like that every day and grubs cigarettes in exchange for pictures with. weak.

Posted by sloweducation | November 3, 2008 2:10 PM

Man with cat on head is a dirty weirdo. He's always like that and can be seen everyday. It's not a costume. Did the photographer just move to NYC a few weeks ago?

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2008 2:34 PM

"Hi. I think it's clever to have a cat on my head. Also my hair stinks like cat shit."

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2008 2:37 PM

I applaud those women for being comfortable with their bodies. I do not applaud them, however, for their Fat Hooker costumes.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2008 2:43 PM

There's been a huge backlash with the guy with the cat on head. First he blows up then 15 minutes later everyone hates on him.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2008 2:43 PM

I'm so proud of you BV commentors. Not one "I'd hit it" remark about the sexy school girl and her lil' red devil friend. Ah...the wonders of maturity.

Posted by blackhat | November 3, 2008 2:44 PM

"Man with cat on head is a dirty weirdo. He's always like that and can be seen everyday. It's not a costume. Did the photographer just move to NYC a few weeks ago? "

Nothing about the picture of the man with the cat on his head says it is his costume, but everything about him says Take My Picture.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2008 2:51 PM

That Daniel Plainview custom is grrreaat.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2008 3:10 PM

That twister lady is the lamest thing ever.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2008 3:12 PM

Daniel Plainfield is awsm.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2008 3:19 PM

Hey the best costume I saw was this dude in times square dressed as a NAKED COWBOY...it was hilarious he had a guitar and all...

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2008 3:50 PM

the home depot guy on the left is HOT
what's with all the lesbians?

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2008 7:18 PM

yeah I first saw that guy with a cat on his head two weeks ago, close to Lincoln Center, though its the first time i saw his pic posted on a website. he walks pretty fast, so by the time I thought about taking his pic he was like 50 feet down the block so i said forget about it.

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Posted by بنت الكويت | October 23, 2009 3:33 AM

My cat is liking! It was fun:)

Posted by Nika | March 29, 2011 9:13 AM

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