Halloween Gathering In Inwood Hill Park
For decades, families in Inwood (in Upper Manhattan) have gathered in Inwood Hill Park on the afternoon of Halloween. Lots of people bring bags of candy to distribute so that kids who are not up to the difficulties and uncertainties of Trick-or-Treating in urban apartment buildings can nevertheless accumulate a haul.
and I brought our kids here every year, even into their teens, when the appeal was less candy and more the opportunity to parade in costume. Now, with both of our kids grown and gone, we still go down with a bag of candy to indulge in a little nostalgia and to catch up with neighbors we may not have seen for the last year.
This year, Bev preceded me too IHP and when I finally went down to join her I took a somewhat indirect route, through a smaller park at the end of our block, Isham Park. A slighter Halloween event had just concluded, a parade around the perimeter of the park, intended for children so young and small that they'd be lost in (and possibly overwhelmed by) the larger gathering.
The parade had concluded, but a performance of the opera Anna Bolena
, by a local opera company, rescheduled for today because of rain, had not. I was disappointed to realize that, had I been ten minutes earlier, I probably could have witnessed (and recorded!) them going on at the same time
The (panoramic) picture is of the larger gathering in Inwood Hill Park. Zoom in and you will see numerous artefacts where my hands faltered...