While Halloween definitely was not the same as it historically has been, that did not stop downtown New Yorkers from celebrating the event. True, the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade – that has been happening for close to five decades – got cancelled but there were still many cool and scary activities for people to enjoy, in a socially distanced way.
So what was on offer? There was the virtual miniature puppet parade; the New York Public Library’s Virtual Dance Party; Halloween Water Towers – an interactive kids event learning how to build their very own water tower; the Halloween Spooky Singalong for 4-11 year old which also had a fancy dress competition.
Outdoor parties – in small numbers – were still permitted, but indoor events were cancelled. But what was cool this year was how the Empire State Building became a (Hasbro’s) Simon Memory Game, in a giant version, available to anyone with a view of the building or a weblink!
Yes, it’s hard and yes things are different but the creative genius that New Yorkers (and others around the world thanks to technology) are privy to encounter is just wonderful!